This short – made for web – video explores the potential of the “Jem Euso” project: A telescope aboard the International Space Station, which will observe the Earth’s atmosphere and the phenomena that occur in it when cosmic rays of higher energy collide with air molecules.
Although our daily appreciation of the sky around us does not allow us to see them with the naked eye, every second our planet is bombarded by an infinite number of subatomic particles from outer space called cosmic rays. They come from several sources, the Sun, the other stars and a number of energetic phenomena… a violent “universe”, mostly still unknown, that allows us to have a glimpse of its mysteries through them. Cosmic rays can have energies so high that no particle accelerator is able to reproduce on Earth. For this reason researchers have to convert the atmosphere into a giant detector, into a laboratory which hunts down these particles to steal their secrets from them.
JEM EUSO: THE THIN BLUE LINE is being shown as part of the 2012 European Science TV and New Media Festival at 16:37 on Sunday 15th July 2012. A full festival programme can be found here.