Magipics has produced an animation discussing muons: subatomic particles that are created in Earth’s upper atmosphere by cosmic rays. The fact that these very short-lived muons can travel all the way down to Earth before decaying is elegant proof of Einsteins special theory of relativity.
This animation is part of a series included in ‘CAASTRO in the Classroom‘, an outreach program designed by The Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics to engage Australian school students and teachers with research scientists. Among other material, the classroom resources include a range of high quality animations to assist in explaining physics concepts and astronomical phenomena for Year 5, 7 and 10 Science and Senior Secondary Physics.
A more simple/flat 2D or pseudo-3D look is used for the animations in this project.
Make sure your volume is on, as narration is included. And don’t miss the celebrity cameo appearance towards the end!