JARNE Cecilia Gisele
Nature and origin of very high-energy cosmic rays
THE PIERRE AUGER COLABORATION; C. JARNE
European Physical Society and EDP Sciences
Año: 2012 vol. 2012 p. 25 - 25
The Earth is exposed to a permanent rain of cosmic particles from outer space . Most of the particles are fully ionised atomic nuclei, moving with relativistic energies. The bulk of them with energies up to 1017 eV originate within our Milky Way. They are most likely accelerated in supernova remnants. Some particles have a thousand times higher energies, i.e., around 1020 eV. This corresponds to the kinetic energy of a tennis ball with a mass of 50 g and a velocity of 90 km/h.