60 second science: Cosmic rays

When Alan Watson’s original cosmic ray detector on the Yorkshire Moors proved to be too small, he built a better one covering 3000 square kilometres in Argentina.

The Pierre Auger Observatory in Argentina has provided insights into the origin and nature of ultra-high energy cosmic rays.

Professor Alan Watson from the University of Leeds is the winner of the 2011 Faraday Medal awarded by the Institute of Physics.

About the film

Filmed on location at Haverah Park cosmic ray observatory, Yorkshire Moors; Department of Physics, University of Leeds

Production Company: Orca Media
Client: Institute of Physics

Director: Martyn Bull
Producer: Thomas Delfs
Camera: Steve Allen
Editor: Jacinta Madison
Music: Ram Khatabakhsh
Cast: Alan Watson