Scientists have identified a strange, mysterious cosmic ray that recently bombarded the state of Utah in a landmark discovery.
This strange particle was first observed in 2016 during an experiment conducted in Utah by the Extreme Energy Events Collaboration (EEC). Astonishingly, it was found that the particle did not originate from within the Milky Way galaxy, but instead, came from outside it.
Researchers from the University of Delaware were first to recognize the mysterious cosmic ray as a product of a tiny and incredibly old and distant supermassive black hole, a previously undiscovered source located outside of our own Milky Way.
The particle’s discovery could represent groundbreaking new insights into the properties of extremely distant sources of Gamma rays, which are extremely high energy electromagnetic radiation, commonly produced from high speed particles being accelerated by celestial events such as supernova explosions.
This discovery of an particle of Gamma radiation from beyond our galaxy is a breakthrough that helps our understanding of the universe as a whole and deepens the knowledge base scientists have on cosmic rays.
Prior to this discovery, Gamma rays had been observed outside of our own galaxy, but no one had been able to feasibly identify the exact source. By locating and identifying the source of this cosmic ray, the researchers have produced the first clear evidence for the existence of extremely distant gamma ray sources.
In the course of their investigation, the researchers were able to find evidence that the particle originated from more than one billion light years away from Earth. The findings of this discovery are of immense importance to astrophysicists, helping to answer long standing questions of cosmic ray origin.
This explosion of Gamma radiation from beyond our galaxy marks an important moment in the history of astrology providing evidence for a key element of the universe and its origins.