cosmic rays


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cosmic rays

pl n
(Astronomy) radiation consisting of particles, esp protons, of very high energy that reach the earth from outer space. Also called: cosmic radiation
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Their areas of interest include such topics as polymers in space, the study of scorpions, filmmaking, inventions, toxic waste, and cosmic rays.
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There's a rain of cosmic rays coming from deep space.
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In 1929 the German physicist Walther Wilhelm Georg Franz Bothe (1891-1957) devised a new method of studying cosmic rays.
A new study has conclusively confirmed that the highest-energy cosmic rays that hit Earth from time to time do not come from within the Milky Way.
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The technique could also validate an intriguing hypothesis that cosmic rays provide the spark that triggers lightning.
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The findings, made by Professor Terry Sloan at the University of Lancaster and Professor Sir Arnold Wolfendale at the University of Durham, find that neither changes in the activity of the Sun, nor its impact in blocking cosmic rays, can be a significant contributor to global warming.