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NASA confirms antimatter production in thunderstorms

By Ernest Dempsey     Jan 13, 2011 in Science
NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has detected the creation of antimatter paricles during thunderstorms in earth's atmosphere.
Scientists have got the first direct evidence that thunderstorm can create antimatter, according to the latest updates from World Science. The news follows the detection of beams of antimatter by the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope above earth’s thunderstorms, confirming the earlier view that antimatter can be created in particular physical processes.
According to World Science, the Fermi device detected a mirror image form of common matter above thunderstorms in earth’s atmosphere. Antimatter was created in flashes of gamma rays that are associated with thunderstorms. The Gamma-ray Burst Monitor of Fermi detects gamma rays when antimatter particles collide with corresponding matter particle (having the same physical characteristics except charge, which is opposite to that on the antimatter) and produce flashes of gamma rays. This serves as the evidence of antimatter’s presence in the atmosphere.
Since 2008, when Fermi was launched by NASA into space, the monitoring device has detected 130 gamma ray flashes. In case of the latest flashes, the spacecraft was right above the thunderstorm and was magnetically connecting to the charged antimatter and matter particles resulting from the thunderstorms.
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