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Cloud formation may be linked to cosmic rays

 
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Cloud formation may be linked to cosmic rays
Experiment probes connection between climate change and radiation bombarding the atmosphere.

Geoff Brumfiel


The CLOUD experiment is studying whether cosmic rays play a role in cloud formation.Maximilien Brice / CERN

It sounds like a conspiracy theory: 'cosmic rays' from deep space might be creating clouds in Earth's atmosphere and changing the climate. Yet an experiment at CERN, Europe's high-energy physics laboratory near Geneva, Switzerland, is finding tentative evidence for just that.

The findings, published today in Nature1, are preliminary, but they are stoking a long-running argument over the role of radiation from distant stars in altering the climate.



[link to www.nature.com]





Galactic cosmic rays have just hit a Space Age high
new data from a NASA spacecraft indicates.

"In 2009, cosmic ray intensities have increased 19 percent beyond anything we've seen in the past 50 years," said Richard Mewaldt of Caltech. "The increase is significant, and it could mean we need to re-think how much radiation shielding astronauts take with them on deep-space missions."

The surge, which poses no threat to Earth, was detected by NASA's ACE (Advanced Composition Explorer) spacecraft.


[link to www.nasa.gov]
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Re: Cloud formation may be linked to cosmic rays
Seems reasonable enough when you think of all the raw power out there in the Universe that some of it at least would be affecting the climate of this little pebble of dust.
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Re: Cloud formation may be linked to cosmic rays
Well hopefully that explains all the unique cloud formations I've been seeing lately.
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Re: Cloud formation may be linked to cosmic rays
am starting to sound like a broken record but see cygnus x-3
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Re: Cloud formation may be linked to cosmic rays
I saw a cosmic ray display. I am pretty sure it was at Grifith Park observatory, Los Angeles, CA USA. It was a cloud chamber, a very cold moist chamber, and when the cosmic ray shot though the device it would leave a vapor trail. That would be the same environment as in the upper atmoshere, cold and moist, so the vapor trail would be generated in a big way which would be a cloud. Lots of cosmic rays would equal lots of clouds. Of course cloud chambers pick up radioactive particles from an ionizing source as well by displaying a vapor trail as well.
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Re: Cloud formation may be linked to cosmic rays
Well hopefully that explains all the unique cloud formations I've been seeing lately.
 Quoting: ANHEDONIC


Those unique formations are what the aerosol lines left by air craft turn into. Watch long enough and you will know. They just don't stay in a line and disappear. They spread, they form sharp jagged flat layers of brown, black and grey. Looks like rain, but it doesn't.

Those unique formations you've been seeing, watch closely what they do when real white moisture clouds are present.

Finally others are watching.





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