Astronomy Cast

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Astronomy Cast brings you a weekly fact-based journey through the cosmos.


Ep. 289: Cherenkov Radiation

January 14th, 2013

Episode 323 of 460 episodes

Sure, our atmosphere protects us from a horrible Universe that's trying to kill us, but sometimes it prevents us from learning stuff too. Case in point, the atmosphere blocks highly energetic particles from reaching our detectors. But there's a way astronomers can still detect their influence: Cherenkov Radiation; the cascade of radiation that blasts out as a high-energy particle makes its way through the atmosphere, like a radioactive rainshower.