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cosmic ray

n.
A very rapidly moving particle of extraterrestrial origin, especially one that collides with the earth's atmosphere. Cosmic rays are mainly protons and alpha particles but sometimes are other light atomic nuclei and high-energy electrons.

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n.
a radiation of high penetrating power originating in outer space and consisting partly of high-energy atomic nuclei.
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Noun1.cosmic ray - highly penetrating ionizing radiation of extraterrestrial origin; consisting chiefly of protons and alpha particles; collision with atmospheric particles results in rays and particles of many kinds
ionizing radiation - high-energy radiation capable of producing ionization in substances through which it passes
cosmic radiation - radiation coming from outside the solar system
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The discovery was made using cosmic-ray imaging, a technique that uses subatomic particles to create a 3-D image of a structure.
This isotope forms when cosmic rays smash apart atmospheric oxygen and nitrogen nuclei, so Earth must have undergone increased cosmic-ray bombardment when this layer of ice was deposited.
Some 60Fe in the debris from the destroyed star is accelerated to cosmic-ray speed when another nearby massive star in the cluster explodes and its shock wave collides with the remnants of the earlier stellar explosion.
The project will also foster critical and significant training to high-skilled personnel on the use of cosmic-ray soil moisture techniques in the UK.
London, Apr 10 ( ANI ): NASA has revealed that the bright light that features in a photo from the surface of Mars taken by its Curiosity rover is not some kind of luminous alien, but it is "likely a glinting rock or cosmic-ray hit".
ICRR installed its first x86 cluster system in January 1991 as a collaborative research environment for multiple projects in the field of particle physics and cosmic-ray research, conducted primarily by the University of Tokyo.
Role of the sun's nonaxisymmetric open flux in cosmic-ray modulation.
Galactic pions can be generated only by cosmic-ray collisions, so this peak would offer compelling proof, Dermer said.
Because of the shortage, clouds over the ocean can lose as much as 7 per cent of their liquid water within seven or eight days of the cosmic-ray minimum.
To this end, we will study cosmic-ray propagation in magneto-hydrodynamic turbulence and improve the modeling of the plasma physics.
Ruzybayev pointed out that the cosmic-ray energy spectrum does not follow a simple power law between the "knee" around 4 PeV (peta-electron volts) and the "ankle" around 4 EeV (exa-electron volts), as previously thought, but exhibits features like hardening around 20 PeV and steepening around 130 PeV.
Most cosmic-ray particles near Earth come from the expanding shock fronts of supernova remnants in our galaxy, as NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope is confirming.