. . . and now, here’s the weather

If skies are cloudy, blame a cosmic upheaval on the other side of the galaxy, say met experts.
Tiny particles from exploding stars thousands of light-years away are directly affecting the UK’s weather.
Giles Harrison and David Stephenson, of Reading University’s Department of Meterology have discovered a direct link between cloudy skies and cosmic rays.
They found it is 20 per cent more likely to be overcast when the Earth is bombarded by the high-energy atomic particles from the remains of a supernova.
The particles, travelling at close to the speed of light, are so minute that they travel through solid bodies – including humans – without any obvious ill effects.
Bu they are now thought to create tiny nuclei in the atmosphere around which water vapour collects, forming clouds.
Some believe that the flashes of light we “see” are due to cosmic rays passing through the eye.
The scientists compared records of how sunny a day is with cosmic ray activity measured since 1951 by US scientists at Climax, Colorado.
In 50 years of results, they found a direct and unambiguous link between the two, they report in the latest Proceedings of the Royal Society.

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Paul Sutherland

Paul Sutherland

I have been a professional journalist for nearly 40 years. I write regularly for science magazines including BBC Sky at Night magazine, BBC Focus, Astronomy Now and Popular Astronomy. I have also authored three books on astronomy and contributed to others.
Paul Sutherland

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Paul Sutherland

I have been a professional journalist for nearly 40 years. I write regularly for science magazines including BBC Sky at Night magazine, BBC Focus, Astronomy Now and Popular Astronomy. I have also authored three books on astronomy and contributed to others.

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