Natural background radiation can be measured using a geiger counter. Some of the high-energy background radiation is known to come from outer space. It has been observed that while taking the background radiation measurements, there are times when there are significant differences which may be caused by bursts of cosmic radiation. The purpose of this project is to gather data regarding the significant differences of the natural background radiation count at various locations on the surface of the Earth. The data will be posted on this website and experimenters may use the posted data to make additional studies into the nature of the significant differences. They may also make arrangements to make observations at specific dates, times, and circumstances.
According to the information from the Aware Electronics site, the probability of any of the individual counts per minute being significantly above background can be found by 1) Taking the square root of the background counts per minute to determine the standard deviation, 2) Subtracting the background counts per minute from the the count of the high spike. 3) Then dividing that by the standard deviation to find the deviations above background which can be used with a table of Gaussian or Normal distribution "Areas under the standard Normal Curve" to determine the probability of the high reading being more than a chance variation. For example, if the background count was 13 and one of the individual high spikes were 28, the square root of 13 would be 3.61, the difference of the high count with the background count would be 15, and the deviations above background would be 4.16 which would be very significant (higher than a 99% probability that it was something other than the normal background radiation that caused it).
Adult experimenters may fill in the background count radiation count and other data for your location.
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This project concerns anomalies. You can check out a group that makes serious efforts to study anomalies by linking to the Society for Scientific Exploration
You can check out the current background radiation in Pittsburgh by going to the Radiation Levels in Pittsburgh site of Robert Thibadeau.
Find the current background radiation in Longmont, Colorado by going to the Background Radiation in Longmont, CO site which makes use of an RM-60 from Aware Electronics.
From here you can go to THE BACKGROUND RADIATION SURVEY PROJECT on this website.
From here you can go to the main Cybergalaxy of James A. Petrait website.
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