News tagged with cosmic ray

Smartphone network could track incoming cosmic rays

Your smartphone could become part of the world's largest telescope. A team led by UC Irvine physicist Daniel Whiteson and UC Davis physicist Michael Mulhearn has designed an app to turn the global network of smartphones into ...

dateOct 14, 2014 in Astronomy
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Detecting the flavors of neutrinos

Yesterday I talked about the weirdness of neutrinos, specifically that there three types of neutrinos (known as flavors), and they can oscillate between different flavors due to the quantum fuzziness of their masses.  If ...

dateOct 07, 2014 in General Physics
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Turning the moon into a cosmic ray detector

Scientists from the University of Southampton are to turn the Moon into a giant particle detector to help understand the origin of Ultra-High-Energy (UHE) cosmic rays - the most energetic particles in the Universe.

dateSep 26, 2014 in Astronomy
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How gamma ray telescopes work

Yesterday I talked about the detection of gamma ray bursts, intense blasts of gamma rays that occasionally appear in distant galaxies. Gamma ray bursts were only detected when gamma ray satellites were put into orbit in the ...

dateSep 22, 2014 in Astronomy
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Image: Chandra's view of the Tycho Supernova remnant

More than four centuries after Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe first observed the supernova that bears his name, the supernova remnant it created is now a bright source of X-rays. The supersonic expansion of the exploded star ...

dateJul 25, 2014 in Astronomy
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