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Jamie Principato - It Came From Outer Space: Catching Cosmic Rays in the Stratosphere

posted Oct 2, 2017, 1:12 PM by Nicholas Johnston   [ updated Oct 2, 2017, 1:16 PM ]

Wednesday, September 20th at 5pm
Gamow Tower, 11th floor,
Commons Room
Free Pizza

It Came From Outer Space: Catching Cosmic Rays in the Stratosphere
As students and scientists, we rely on observation to make sense of the world around us. But how can we observe things that are too small, fast and far away to be seen or felt? You may have heard astronomers say that light is information, and this is hard to deny. We rely on light to see everything around us, even into the far reaches of the known universe, but there is more to light than meets the eye. In this talk, we'll explore how light and optics can be used to indirectly observe cosmic rays as they bombard Earth's atmosphere from light years beyond our solar system. 

Jamie Principato
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