Ask Ethan #14: The Highest Energy Particles in the Universe

“The results of my observation are best explained by the assumption that a radiation of very great penetrating power enters our atmosphere from above.” -Victor Hess You might think of the largest and most powerful particle accelerators in the world — places like SLAC, Fermilab and the Large Hadron Collider — as the source of … Read moreAsk Ethan #14: The Highest Energy Particles in the Universe

The Cosmic Speed Limit

“All our sweetest hours fly the fastest.” –Virgil If you’ve been around the block once or twice, you know that the speed of light in a vacuum — 299,792,458 meters-per-second — is the absolute maximum speed that any form of energy in the Universe can travel at. In shorthand, this speed is known as┬ác to … Read moreThe Cosmic Speed Limit

It'll take a lot more than AMS to find Dark Matter

“On what can we now place our hopes of solving the many riddles which still exist as to the origin and composition of cosmic rays?” –Victor Francis Hess We’ve come a tremendously long way in our understanding of the Universe, but there are plenty of mysteries still to be revealed. Way back in the late … Read moreIt'll take a lot more than AMS to find Dark Matter