Wrong turn leads physicist to antimatter discovery

Physicist Joseph Dwyer of the University of New Hampshire in Durham has been sitting on an amazing piece of data he recorded in 2009 as he was unable to explain why he discovered evidence of antimatter in thunderstorm clouds, Nature reports. The physicist had been looking into the existence of atmospheric y rays, which are seen as evidence of positrons and antimatter being present in the atmosphere when he fitted a particle detector to a small plane. Embarking on a flight the pilot believed he was heading for the coast of Georgia when he accidentally turned in the opposite direction and into a sever thunderstorm.

Within the thunderstorm the y particle levels spiked to a level that indicates a one to two kilometer cloud of antimatter known as positrons were colliding with electrons in the cloud in a rare occurrence that has been theorized about for decades. Dwyer believes this shows the presence of antimatter in thunderclouds while other believe the positrons could have been formed by the wings of the aircraft becoming charged during the thunderstorm. Thanks to my buddy Brad Reifler of MarketWire for sending me this new information, antimatter is out there 🙂