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Clues to the Mysterious Origin of Cosmic Rays

14 Feb 2013, 19:00 UTC
Clues to the Mysterious Origin of Cosmic Rays

Very detailed new observations with ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) of the remains of a thousand-year-old supernova have revealed clues to the origins of cosmic rays. For the first time the observations suggest the presence of fast-moving particles in the supernova remnant that could be the precursors of such cosmic rays. The results are appearing in the 14 February 2013 issue of the journal Science.

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