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NASA Telescope Discovers Antimatter-Projecting Thunderstorm
Antimatter storms may actually be taking place on Earth, scientists said after NASA's Fermi telescope detected a thunderstorm shooting beams of antimatter into space.
Researchers noted that the phenomenon of a storm producing antimatter has never been spotted before.
Thunderstorms have been known to produce sparks of light called terrestrial gamma-ray flashes (TGF), usually associated with lightning. Gamma rays are high-energy electromagnetic radiation or light.
"These signals are the first direct evidence that thunderstorms make antimatter particle beams," stated Michael Briggs, a member of Fermi's Gamma-ray Burst Monitor team at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, in a press release. Briggs presented his findings on Monday at the American Astronomical Society meeting in Seattle.