Naked-Eye Particle Physics

By Kate Becker

Cosmic rays sound like something out of a superhero comic: invisible, traveling close to the speed of light, they are constantly shooting toward (and through) Earth from outer space. But they are real—and with a little know-how, you can see them for yourself, no superpowers required.

Despite their name, cosmic rays are actually particles. Mostly protons and helium nuclei, they also include a grab bag of heavier atomic nuclei. When they collide with atoms in Earth’s atmosphere, they set off a shower of “secondary” particles that rain down on Earth.

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while cleaning up my desktop, i came across all these pictures from a culmination of 5 quarters of chem lab. i thought they were pretty freaking awesome! so here’s a little tribute to the (roughly) 180+ hours in lab, 22 lab reports, and random moments of fun & failures while performing these experiments. i learned a lot, but then i also forgot a lot. cheers to science (or, at least, my version of it :P)

i might just miss it. might.

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Been slowly getting back into the swing of sharing things… These were some smaller, experimental pieces tied in with Light Grey Art Lab Iceland exhibition. All throughout the process of travelling and reflecting on this incredible experience, I couldn’t shake the fact that the landscape was so impenetrable for me. So much detail and ever-changing strangeness! I was in awe; but every time I sat down to draw from it I got stuck on the details in my memory and in my photographs.

So instead of trying to focus in on realistically nailing the space I thought back on the other wonderful part of this trip; the people I shared it with. Many of my photos were of my peers peeking at details, collecting samples, snapping photographs, soaking it all in. For much of the trip, it felt like we were alone in the world left to explore this strangely lovely place. So these pieces involved me getting back to carving rubylith into the shapes of explorers, moss and stones and then overlaying them on top of abstracted versions of the photographs I took, letting colors happen by chance. For the last piece, I wanted to make sure I had a little piece of my husband Mike’s experience on the trip too, so I lettered a little thought he had based on walking through Þingvellir.

I’ll share the last piece (an accordion book) later this week!

PS: Have you looked at the work from the exhibition? It’s really fantastic.