Van Allen radiation belt

noun Van Al·len radiation belt \va|ˈnalə̇n-, və|\

Definition of Van Allen radiation belt

  1. :  a belt of intense ionizing radiation that surrounds the earth in the outer atmosphere, has particles carrying energies of from approximately 20,000 electron volts to several million electron volts or more, and has an outer zone that extends into space to a distance of about 55,000 kilometers

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Origin and Etymology of van allen radiation belt

after James A. Van Allen, born 1914 American physicist


First Known Use: 1962


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