Glossary term: Cosmic Ray Astronomy

Description: This branch of astronomy is dedicated to studying sources of high energy charged particles in the Universe. This allows astronomers to study the properties of these sources, and various other associated aspects such as magnetic fields in the Universe. Cosmic rays can be observed using methods similar to those used in particle physics, or by looking for flashes of gamma rays that accompany high-speed charged particles moving through the atmosphere.

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