Fewer exploding stars potential predictor of global warming
(Phys.org)—One of the universe's greatest unexplained mysteries – why stars explode – could be explained by a particle similar to the Higgs boson. The theory developed by University of Aberdeen astrophysicist, Dr Charles Wang, will be tested at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, in December and was announced at the British Science Festival today.
If proven, it could also help in the prediction of global warming in the future, given the impact star explosions have on the Earth's atmosphere.
Dr Wang said: "There is a direct correlation between star explosions and the temperature of the Earth's atmosphere.
"When a star explodes a massive amount of cosmic rays enter the atmosphere affecting the weather in space by making it cloudier. "More clouds in space leads to the Earth's atmosphere being cooler. "Global warming could therefore be connected to stars exploding in our skies less frequently.