Physicists probe pyramid of the sun with atmospheric muons

Posted by Richard (13th May 2004, 17:33) -

Ok how much more SF than this do you want to get :]. Theyve built a big particle detector (the biggest in mexico) UNDER the pyramid and are using muons form cosmic ray interactiosn to 'scan' the pyramid for cavaties. Given all the Aztec/Myan spaceship/nazca lines theories knocking areound it seemed a nice turnaround. They are looking for cavaties that might contain treasure or dead kings.

Muons are actually a very cool thing to be scanning with because they are quite penetrating, but not so much that they are totally impossible to detect like nutrinos for example. So the average number of muons you recieve is a reasonablely approximate measure of the density of the material between you and the source (the sky). Well i thought it was really cool!! and a second post about mexico in a day!!

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 gaspode ( 13th May 2004, 19:40, Rank: Killer Rabbit )  reply

Pyramids... Space... what more could you want in a news story?

Rocking :-)

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 Beale ( 13th May 2004, 21:02, Rank: Cylon Centurion )  reply

Perhaps they've merely seen too many Stargate SG1 episodes.

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 Siberman ( 14th May 2004, 08:15, Rank: Mentat )  reply

Well, so long as they don't find a crystal skull, and then some giant mist-formed aliens then everything will be fine :-)

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