View Full Version : Solar Flares Shuffle Antimatter Around

2005-Sep-08, 05:25 PM
SUMMARY: Astronomers believe that the Sun creates and destroys antimatter as part of its natural process of fusion reaction, but new observations from NASA's Reuven Ramaty High Energy Solar Spectroscopic Imager (RHESSI) spacecraft has brought new insights into the process. The antimatter is formed in solar flares when fast-moving particles accelerated by the flare are smashed into slower-moving particles in the Sun's atmosphere (enough antimatter is created in just one flare to power the United States for two years). Surprisingly, the antimatter isn't destroyed right away; instead, it's carried by the flare to another region of the Sun before being destroyed.

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