Physicist Discovers Mysterious Rays From Outer Space
For many years scientists have been puzzled by the levels of ionizing radiation measured in the atmosphere. The assumption at the time was that Earth was the source of th
In April 1912 Hess ascended in a balloon to measure changes in radiation during a solar eclipse. The electroscopes on his balloon began measuring an increase in radiation at 5,350 feet and at 15,000 feet the amount doubled. Because the eclipse was blocking it’s rays, the penetrating radiation was entering the atmosphere from a source other than the Sun.
On August 7, 1912 The result of Hess’s meticulous work was published in the Proceedings of the Viennese Academy of Sciences. His conclusion are that there was radiation must be penetrating the atmosphere from outer space. Hess called this Höhenstrahlung, “radiation from above.”