- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan State University researchers are studying high-energy gamma and cosmic rays coming from extreme forces in the universe at an observatory in Mexico.

The East Lansing-based school is among 14 U.S. and 10 Mexican universities collaborating at the High-Altitude Water Cherenkov Gamma-Ray Observatory. The facility is the newest tool available to visualize interplanetary events, such as black holes, dark matter and exploding stars, and learn more about the nature of high-energy radiation.

The observatory will continuously monitor a wide field of view to observe two-thirds of the sky every 24 hours.

Michigan State professor Jim Linnemann says the new survey instrument will allow researchers to examine an unbiased view of the sky in high-energy light.

The facility is located more than 13,500 feet above sea level near Puebla, Mexico.


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