A team of American scientists studying mysterious cosmic rays shooting upwards from the ground in Antarctica, first encountered by the Antarctic Impulsive Transient Antenna (ANITA) experiment in 2006, believe that they encountered a particle outside of the scope of the standard model of physics, Motherboard reports.
According to the media outlet, the first ANITA mission detected two "upward-pointing cosmic ray-like events," while the two subsequent ANITA missions, conducted in 2009 and 2014 respectively, detected yet another.
As Fox explained, the particle that his team possibly stumbled upon has been sought by physicists “since they first turned on the Large Hadron Collider.”
"They’ve been looking for it, but they just haven’t seen it. What makes this so exciting is that it potentially forges a direct connection between cosmic rays and the LHC," he remarked.