Delta Awaits World's Largest Cosmic Ray Observatory

Delta Awaits World's Largest Cosmic Ray Observatory

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(KSL News) -- This spring construction crews will begin building the world's largest cosmic ray observatory near Delta, Utah.

The University of Utah's Fly's Eye detectors have been capturing and measuring cosmic rays on this hill at Dugway for more than twenty years.

But this new $18-million observatory will have an array of detector mirrors covering an area in Utah's western desert half the size of Delaware. In the field of physics, getting the observatory here is like landing the Olympics.

If researchers can find out where elusive high energy cosmic rays come from, they might unravel the mystery of how the universe has evolved.

The Japanese have promised $12-million to build the facility. American universities will raise another six million to expand the observatory even more.

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