Visual sensations induced by Cerenkov radiation

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Science  08 Aug 1975:
Vol. 189, Issue 4201, pp. 453-454
DOI: 10.1126/science.1154020


Pulses of relativistic singly charged particles entering the eyeball induce a variety of visual phenomena by means of Cerenkov radiation generated during their passage through the vitreous. These phenomena are similar in appearance to many of the visual sensations experienced by Apollo astronauts exposed to the cosmic rays in deep space.