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Cosmic Rays Origins
2013-08-30 11:25:08

[ Listen To The redOrbit.com Podcast: The Mystery Of The Origins Of Cosmic Rays ] John P. Millis, PhD for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Streaming across the Universe are high-energy charged particles, known as cosmic rays. They move through space, interacting with our galactic magnetic field, deflecting in every possible direction. Eventually these fast-moving particles may impact the Earth’s atmosphere. For more than 100 years astronomers have been aware of their existence,...

Mexico Observatory To Hunt For Gamma Rays In Known Universe
2013-08-22 07:35:15

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new observatory has begun formal operations in Mexico. The High-Altitude Water Cherenkov (HAWC) Gamma Ray Observatory is designed to study the origins of very high-energy cosmic rays and observe the most energetic objects in the known universe. The HAWC uses a unique detection technique that is different from the classical astronomical design of mirrors, lenses, and antennae, making the extraordinary observatory a significant boost...

Dark Matter Not Actually Dark
2013-06-11 09:51:15

John P. Millis, PhD for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online For more than 80 years physicists and astronomers have been searching for an elusive form of matter that appears to be responsible for most of the mass in the Universe. While the presence of this dark matter can be measured by the gravitational influence of the particles, directly “seeing” the mass has proven troublesome. The working theory for decades has been that the candidate particle should be...

Extragalactic Ankle And Galactic Knee
2013-06-03 17:42:35

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology It is obvious from the data of the KASCADE-Grande experiment at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) that the so-called “knee” of the cosmic rays, a bend in the energy spectrum at high energies, is located at different energies for light and heavy particles. As regards light particles, the scientists have now found that the energy spectrum flattens again beyond the knee and forms a type of “ankle”. This structure indicates...

Blowing Bubbles: The Hunt For Dark Matter Is On At SNOLAB
2013-05-03 05:07:09

John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The search for dark matter has been heating up over the last year or so. First, researchers using the Fermi Gamma-ray Telescope announced that a preliminary analysis of the soft gamma-ray data suggested evidence of dark matter annihilations coming from the galactic center. Then, early results from the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer found an excess of positrons in their data, an expected signature of dark matter...

Evidence Of Dark Matter In WIMP Experiment
2013-04-16 09:16:50

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Using detectors created at Stanford, an international collaboration of scientists has, for the first time, observed a concrete hint of a WIMP — weakly interacting massive particle.  Physicists believe the WIMPs could be the particles behind the mysterious phenomenon of dark matter, which is thought to make up nearly a quarter of the Universe´s mass-energy. Texas A&M high-energy physicist Rupak Mahaptra is part of...

Evidence That Dark Matter Is Real
2013-04-04 05:36:28

[ Watch the Video: AMS Time Lapse Installation ] John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online For decades scientists have wondered whether a mysterious form of matter — known simply as Dark Matter since it does not interact directly with light — makes up the majority of the “stuff” in the Universe. Researchers have pointed to the seminal work on the Bullet Cluster of galaxies as evidence that dark matter is a real substance. But similar...

2013-03-18 20:49:50

AURA announced today that Dr. Steven M. Kahn will assume the role of Director of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) Project effective July 1, 2013. Dr. Kahn will succeed Dr. Sidney C. Wolff and retain his current affiliation with SLAC and Stanford. LSST is the top-ranked large-scale ground-based project for the next decade as recommended by the National Research Council´s Astronomy and Astrophysics decadal survey (Astro2010). By digitally imaging the sky for a decade, the LSST...

New Cosmic Ray Telescope Hosted By Space Station
2013-03-12 15:44:52

University of Chicago The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has awarded $4.4 million to a collaboration of scientists at five United States universities and NASA´s Marshall Space Flight Center to help build a telescope for deployment on the International Space Station in 2017. The U.S. collaboration is part of a 13-nation effort to build the 2.5-meter ultraviolet telescope, called the Extreme Universe Space Observatory. UChicago Prof. Angela Olinto leads the U.S....

Where Do Cosmic Rays Come From?
2013-03-01 05:33:26

[ Listen to the Webcast ] John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online As we search the heavens, one of the striking observations is that we are constantly bombarded by a stream of extremely high energy charged particles, traveling at nearly the speed of light. Known as Cosmic Rays — composed mostly (90%) of protons with the rest mostly heavy nuclei and a small number of electrons — these particles appear to come from all directions. But where do...


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2004-10-19 04:45:44

WIMP -- In astronomy, WIMPs, or weakly interacting massive particles, figure into one explanation of the dark matter problem. The particles are called "weakly interacting" because they seem not to have much interaction with normal matter (electrons, protons, and neutrons) other than gravitational attraction (thus "massive"). Assuming that there are Weakly Interacting Massive Particles, these particles would then fall out of equilibrium with the universe when they are non-relativistic....

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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Massive Compact Halo Object (MACHO) -- Massive compact halo objects, or MACHOs, are a type of astronomical body proposed as one possible explanation for the presence of dark matter in galactic halos. A MACHO is a small chunk of normal baryonic matter, far smaller than a star, which drifts through interstellar space unassociated with any solar system. Since MACHOs would not emit any light of their own, they would be very hard to detect. Recent work has suggested that MACHOs are not...

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Cosmic Rays -- Cosmic Rays. Cosmic rays are energetic particles that are found in space and filter through our atmosphere. Cosmic rays have interested scientists for many different reasons. They come from all directions in space, and the origination of many of these cosmic rays is unknown. Cosmic rays were originally discovered because of the ionozation they produce in our atmosphere. Cosmic rays also have an extreme energy range of incident particles, which have allowed physicists to...

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