© CSI/ CNRS Audiovisuel 1999

Eyes of Celeste (The)

Numéro de notice

377

Durée

00:09:00

Année de production

1999

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Procédés audiovisuels

SD
4/3
Couleur
Sonore

Director(s)

DALAISE Marcel

Résumé

In the Pyrénées Orientales region, the old solar power station Thémis used a heliostat field made out of 200 mirrors, each 50 square meters in size. Astrophysicists were able to reuse these mirrors to observe cosmic gamma rays, the most high-energy particles in the universe. These rays emit luminous flashes which are collected by the mirrors and directed toward the CELESTE detector. In this way researchers hope to be able to reach a better understanding of the mechanisms of energy production at the centers of galaxies.

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