A mysterious cosmic ray named after the Japanese goddess Amaterasu confirmed the second most powerful cosmic ray – SoraNews24 – Japan News-
Discovery leads to more questions than answers.
On May 27, 2021, Professor Toshihiro Fujii of Osaka Municipal University was observing cosmic rays when he discovered… A subatomic particle hits the Earth with an energy of 244 eV.
It’s about the energy a bowling ball would have if you dropped it, which may not seem like much until you take into account the ridiculously huge difference in size between a bowling ball and a subatomic particle. If an actual bowling ball contained relatively the same amount of energy, it would be powerful enough to destroy all life on Earth, if not obliterate the planet itself.
So, needless to say, it’s a small particle full of energy, and when Fuji discovered it, he did what all good scientists do and immediately suspected that something might be wrong. After discovering the particle at the Telescope Array Project in the deserts of Utah, he spent the next two years collecting the evidence needed to confirm his discovery.
Fujii and his colleagues also named it the Amaterasu particle, after the ancient Japanese goddess of the sun and the universe. This was partly due to the mysterious origin of cosmic rays. Particles containing this type of energy are generally thought to have come from a major celestial cataclysm such as a supernova, but the Amaterasu particle appears to have originated from a patch of space known as the local vacuum which, as you can probably guess from the name, has a lot of nothing. in that.
▼ A quick explanation of the local space
This means that it could have come from something somewhere outside the local vacuum where we cannot observe it. Another possibility is that cosmic rays are often at the mercy of magnetic fields that can make their paths somewhat erratic as they travel through the universe. However, a particle of this force would be expected to explode through all of this and move along a fixed path. This opens the door to other theories such as distortion in space-time, but nothing can be proven.
For your information, The Amaterasu particle is not the most powerful cosmic ray ever detected on Earth. This title goes back to the Oh-My-God particle that was found in 1991 with an energy of 320 eV. In a way that is perhaps intentional, this kind of fits the name as well, since Amaterasu was the daughter of the original creator gods, making her a second-tier goddess in the myth as well.
Regardless, many news readers in Japan seem to agree that the Amaterasu particle has a much better name than the OMG particle.
“That’s a great name!”
“It’s very romantic.”
“The Amaterasu particle is a very noble name.”
“It looks like something out of Gundam.”
“‘Gross omg’ is kind of lame.”
“I’m not sure what the name is, but it’s better than ‘OMG Particle’.”
“Is it okay to be bombarded with things like this?”
Fortunately, Earth’s atmosphere does a pretty good job of protecting us from the effects of cosmic rays, but it is seen as a potential problem when it comes to extraterrestrial travel. That’s why we should be thankful to all the scientists, space agencies, and ramen restaurants out there who are comprehensively studying the behavior and effects of cosmic rays, so that we can learn how to deal with them and perhaps uncover some of the deeper secrets of the universe.
Source: Osaka Municipal University, Sankei News, Hashima Keiko
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