Special Perspectives

Cosmic Rays: The Highest-Energy Messengers

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Science  05 Jan 2007:
Vol. 315, Issue 5808, pp. 68-70
DOI: 10.1126/science.1136640

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Abstract

The origin of the most energetic particles ever observed, cosmic rays, will begin to be revealed in the next few years. Newly constructed ultrahigh-energy cosmic ray observatories together with high-energy gamma-ray and neutrino observatories are well positioned to unveil this mystery before the centenary of their discovery in 2012. Cosmic ray sources are likely to involve the most energetic phenomena ever witnessed in the universe.

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