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The solar and cosmic rays strip atoms in the area of one or more of their electrons, giving them a positive charge and leaving the electrons to act as free particles.
Despite its strange shape, trajectory and lack of a tail, ‘Oumuamua is just a comet after all, its ice locked away beneath a tarlike crust hardened and desiccated by eons of bombardment by cosmic rays.
On Earth, a powerful magnetic field and the atmosphere largely protect humans (and Tesla Roadsters) from the harsh radiation of the sun and cosmic rays.
By comparing the plasma density after both solar flare-ups and then extrapolating backwards, Gurnett's team concluded that Voyager 1 left the heliosphere in August 2012—which lines up with the cosmic ray changes.
The satellite, which weighed less than 31 pounds, was equipped with instruments to measure cosmic rays.
One explanation is that over many millennia cosmic rays have transformed the icy, volatile chemicals that would be expected to stream off a comet into more stable compounds.
Space has no atmosphere to protect DNA from the Sun’s pummeling, destructive radiation; cosmic rays shoot out of deep space with no regard for the building blocks of life.
Can the energy spectra of cosmic rays result from a single mechanism?
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Definition of cosmic ray for English Language Learners
: a stream of energy that enters the Earth's atmosphere from outer space
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