Scientists racing for answers as ‘violent’ cosmic rays shower Earth with particles

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MYSTERIOUS rays from outer space that are powerful enough to pass through human bodies have stumped top scientists.

The cosmic rays zip through space at breakneck speed for distant galaxies and rain particles on the planet’s surface. 

Researchers are now carrying out enormous expensive experiments to determine the origin of the rays. 

A huge stumbling block for scientists is they don’t even know where the rays are coming from or how they arrive on Earth, as they don’t even travel in straight lines. 

Dr Charles Jui, a physicist at the University of Utah said: “Our theoretical physicist colleagues are perplexed.”

He continued to tell Vox: “We also can’t figure out where they’re coming from. This is some of the most violent phenomena in the universe.” 

But, investigators do know when the particles burst into the atmosphere and smash into atoms that tear apart and fall into other parts of matter. 

Miles below, the remnant of the rays are still powerful enough to pass through human bodies seamlessly. 

Fortunately, the rays do not appear to have an effect on human beings. 

“This is some of the most violent phenomena in the universe”

Dr Charles Jui

The hunt to explain the mysterious origins of the rays started with their discovery in 1922. 

Since then, high-energy particles have been monitored in a bid to learn more about them. 

The highest-ever cosmic ray particle – dubbed the “Oh My God” particle” – was 2million times more powerful than the Large Hadron Collider, the globe’s most powerful accelerator. 

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