auger shower


auger shower
\(ˈ)ō|zhā-\ noun
Usage: usually capitalized A
Etymology: after P. V. Auger
: an extensive air shower

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Astron.
a very large cosmic ray shower caused by a primary cosmic ray entering the earth's atmosphere.

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Auger shower,
secondary rays of electrons and photons, created when a cosmic ray of high energy strikes the atmosphere.
[< Pierre V. Auger; see etym. under Auger effect (Cf.Auger effect)]

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