cosmic ray

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highly penetrating ionizing radiation of extraterrestrial origin

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Because the bulk of the termination shock would still have been quite a distance away, however, the spacecraft wouldn't have encountered a large upturn in the abundance of anomalous cosmic rays.
The discovery that anomalous cosmic rays can be generated from material in the Kuiper belt provides a new tool for gauging the composition and mass of this relic from the solar system's formation, Schwadron says.
The scientists believe this collection of ions is a trapped form of so-called anomalous cosmic rays.
There they hit a magnetic shock wave that energizes them and forms the anomalous cosmic rays, some of which head toward Earth.
During the three-year study, the detectors will measure the composition of anomalous cosmic rays, charged particles thought to originate in the gas between stars.
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