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Fermi Fridays - May
What exactly are cosmic rays, and where do they come from? Even though it was designed to
detect gamma rays, Fermi has the ability to detect and measure the energies of cosmic rays that hit the satellite. Find out how Fermi
scientists use this information to understand the source of these high-energy particles from space.
Fermi-LAT's Anti-Coincidence Detector is the first line of defense in distinguishing between
cosmic rays and gamma-rays. But it can also be used to study these highly energetic paricles. Find out more about how the ACD detects
and measures the various elements that make up the storm of cosmic rays hitting Fermi every second.
Surprisingly, at gamma-ray energies there are more cosmic-ray positrons than expected. Fermi LAT used the Earth as a precision magnet to separately measure electrons and positrons. Where do these extra positrons come from, perhaps dark matter?
Cosmic rays have served as a source of inspiration for animators and confectioners
alike. Take a look at some of the cosmic ray and ACD inspired creations from the past ten years.