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Strange flashing lights and spacecraft-killing radiation: The 'bermuda triangle of space' revealed in unprecedented detail

Mark Prigg

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May 26, 2014

  • Shuttle astronauts complained laptop computers would sometimes crash when they passed through the anomaly
  • Also responsible for strange flashing lights
  • Area now found to be moving through space

By Mark Prigg

It is known as the 'bermuda triangle of space' and is one of the most dangerous areas of radiation ever encountered.

European researchers today revealed a glimpse into the bizarre radiation zone a few hundred kilometres above the coast of Brazil.

Known as the South Atlantic Anomaly (SAA), it is the point where the Van Allen radiation belts – rings of charged particles that surround Earth – come closest to the planet's surface.

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