Cool Science: Studying cosmic rays — solving scientific mysteries!

Scientists study cosmic rays with large arrays of detectors. You can too!

Physicist, Hans-Joachim Drescher, of Frankfurt University in Germany, created the simulation that provides the background for this animation of what happens when a cosmic ray, a proton, hits an air molecule and creates a shower of particles. Among these particles is a muon like the ones you can detect with your detector. Watch more of Drescher's simulations.

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