This is what happens when the 4th of July coincides with one of the deepest Solar Minima in a century.
Aurora alerts: SMS Text. Maybe even a "dream shot. Browse the Solar Eclipse Photo Gallery for more images from the path of totality, which stretched from the South Pacific across great observatories in Chile to the eastern reaches of Argentina. We decided to celebrate even more by flying the coins to the edge of space.
On June 23rd, the students of Earth to Sky Calculus launched this The students are selling the coins to support their cosmic ray ballooning program. The silver dollar is curved and reproduces the helmet of astronaut Buzz Aldrin. The opposite side of the coin shows Neil's iconic footprint on the Moon. Each of these coins comes with a greeting card showing the item in flight and a certificate of authenticity. On Jul. In this diagram of the inner solar system, all of the fireball orbits intersect at a single point--Earth.
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The orbits are color-coded by velocity, from slow red to fast blue. We have developed a new predictive model of aviation radiation. We are constantly flying radiation sensors onboard airplanes over the US and and around the world, so far collecting more than 22, gps-tagged radiation measurements. E-RAD lets us do something new: Every day we monitor approximately flights criss-crossing the 10 busiest routes in the continental USA. Typically, this includes more than 80, passengers per day.
E-RAD calculates the radiation exposure for every single flight.
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The Hot Flights Table is a daily summary of these calculations. It shows the 5 charter flights with the highest dose rates; the 5 commercial flights with the highest dose rates; 5 commercial flights with near-average dose rates; and the 5 commercial flights with the lowest dose rates. Passengers typically experience dose rates that are 20 to 70 times higher than natural radiation at sea level.
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These energies span the range of medical X-ray machines and airport security scanners. Column definitions: 1 The flight number; 2 The maximum dose rate during the flight, expressed in units of natural radiation at sea level; 3 The maximum altitude of the plane in feet above sea level; 4 Departure city; 5 Arrival city; 6 Duration of the flight. These balloons are equipped with radiation sensors that detect cosmic rays, a surprisingly "down to Earth" form of space weather.
Cosmic rays can seed clouds , trigger lightning , and penetrate commercial airplanes.
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Furthermore, there are studies 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 linking cosmic rays with cardiac arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death in the general population. The data points in the graph above correspond to the peak of the Reneger-Pfotzer maximum , which lies about 67, feet above central California. When cosmic rays crash into Earth's atmosphere, they produce a spray of secondary particles that is most intense at the entrance to the stratosphere. Physicists Eric Reneger and Georg Pfotzer discovered the maximum using balloons in the s and it is what we are measuring today.
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