The origin of cosmic rays in the universe has puzzled scientists for decades. Now, though, they may be one step closer to having their answer. Using data from the IceCube Neutrino Observatory at the South Pole, researchers have discovered new information that may lead to the discovery of where cosmic rays come from.
Cosmic rays are high energy particles in space. Directed toward Earth, they can damage electronics. They can also impact human DNA, putting astronauts in space at risk. As agencies develop long-term missions into the cosmos, it's more important than ever to understand how to counter these rays.