What is antimatter and how is it used?

Answered by Jagoda Urban-KlaehnIdaho American Nuclear Society (ANS) Board MemberRadiation & Positron SpectroscopyIsotope Production & Co-AssayIdaho National Laboratory Antimatter might sound like something out of a sci-fi movie, but it’s more fact than fiction. Antimatter is a mirror reflection of matter that was originally created in the Big Bang, in the very beginning of the…

We have heard so much about the solar eclipse that will occur in Idaho next August. The news article we read talked about the path of totality. What does that mean?

Question Answered by Dr. Brian Tonks, Astronomy Professor, BYU-Idaho On 21 August, 2016, Southeastern Idaho and many other places in the United States are in for a rare treat. We will experience a total Solar eclipse. This means that the Moon will pass directly in front of the Sun and cast its shadow on the…

Is there anywhere on Earth high enough in elevation that you can see through the thin air into the blackness of space?

Question answered by Dr. Brian Tonks, Astronomy Professor, BYU-Idaho The highest point on Earth is the peak of Mt. Everest, 29,029 feet (8850 meters) above sea level. At this elevation, the atmosphere is thin compared to at sea level. Pictures taken from the top of Everest on a clear day distinctly show that the sky…