Physics and Astronomy

The HiSPARC project

The HiSPARC project is an international array of particle detectors that look for cosmic rays from space hitting our upper atmosphere.  When a cosmic ray hits, it causes a shower of sub-atomic particles to rain down to the ground, which are then detected by the array of HiSPARC detectors.

School and college students analyse the data through guidance with researchers at numerous UK Universities, including the University of Sussex.

Here at the University of Sussex, we are primary supporting HiSPARC detectors situated in the following locations:

  • The Department of Physics & Astronomy, at the University of Sussex, Brighton
  • Cardinal Newman Catholic School, Brighton
  • The Department of Physics, University of Namibia, Namibia
  • The Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux, Sussex (coming soon)
Map of UK HiSPARC detectrs, January 2019
Cosmic Ray impacting the Earth's atmospher
HiSPARC on the roof of Pevensey 2 with Dr Dimon Peeters HiSPARC detector in Nambia The Observatory Science Centre in Herstmonceux, Sussex
Dr Simon Peeters with the University of Sussex detector Dr Kate Shaw and her team at the University of Namibia The Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux, Sussex.