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How Cosmic Rays Make Astronauts See Stars

Some astronauts have reported the same specific symptoms: they see mysterious flashes of light out of the corner of their eyes. What causes those bizarre phenomena, and how does it affect astronauts?

Learn more about Cherenkov Radiation:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Kf2f_9MfPc

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Image Sources:
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Crshower2_nasa.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Van_Allen_Belts.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Cherenkov_radiation#/media/File:RA6cab.jpg

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