Observation in the MINOS far detector of the shadowing of cosmic rays by the sun and moon Academic Article uri icon


  • The shadowing of cosmic ray primaries by the moon and sun was observed by the MINOS far detector at a depth of 2070 mwe using 83.54 million cosmic ray muons accumulated over 1857.91 live-days. The shadow of the moon was detected at the 5.6 σ level and the shadow of the sun at the 3.8 σ level using a log-likelihood search in celestial coordinates. The moon shadow was used to quantify the absolute astrophysical pointing of the detector to be 0.17 ± 0.12°. Hints of interplanetary magnetic field effects were observed in both the sun and moon shadow. © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

altmetric score

  • 3.25

author list (cited authors)

  • Adamson, P., Andreopoulos, C., Ayres, D. S., Backhouse, C., Barr, G., Barrett, W. L., ... Zwaska, R.

citation count

  • 5

publication date

  • January 2011


  • Cosmic Rays
  • Interplanetary Magnetic Field
  • Moon Shadow
  • Muons
  • Sun Shadow