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Mon, 05 Aug

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Institute of Astronomy

Cosmic Rays

One of the most powerful phenomena in space, cosmic rays travel at nearly the speed of light across the universe. What are they and what do we know about them?

Cosmic Rays
Cosmic Rays

Time & Location

05 Aug 2024, 19:15 – 21:00

Institute of Astronomy, Madingley Rd, Cambridge CB3 0HA, UK

About The Event

Cosmic rays are high-energy particles or clusters of particles (primarily represented by protons or atomic nuclei) that move through space at nearly the speed of light. They originate from the Sun, from outside of the Solar System in our own galaxy, and from distant galaxies. Upon impact with Earth's atmosphere, cosmic rays produce showers of secondary particles, some of which reach the surface, although the bulk are deflected off into space by the magnetosphere or the heliosphere.

Today's session will explore what we know about cosmic rays, what impact they can have on us in space, and what future work is planned.

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