Amazing Antimatter

Our universe is in asymmetry. However, this might be a good thing. When the big bang took place, antimatter and matter were believed to be created in equal amounts. But, there was just one more particle of matter than antimatter. Antimatter is an antiparticle that has the same mass as its particle but has an opposite electric charge.

Antimatter is made up of antiparticles counterparting their regular particles. For example, pairs consisting of matter and antimatter include protons and antiprotons, neutrons and antineutrons, and so on. This material is known to be very dangerous. If an antimatter particle ever collided with its counterpart, it would immediately explode, leading to annihilation. In science, annihilation means an overload r

elease of energy. The size of the explosion will follow the amount of mass colliding, corresponding to the famous Einstein formula, “E=mc squared.”

People might think that they are safe from antimatter, however, antimatter particles are being produced inside your body. It’s nothing to worry about, as the amount is very small (1 nanogram) and is eliminated shortly after. The reason why our bodies are capable of producing antimatter is because we produce potassium – 40, a chemical that releases positrons (a type of antimatter) as it decays. Bananas also produce one positron every 75 minutes.

Now, back to the big bang. Scientists have theorized that the antimatter released during the big bang was at the same amount of matter, meaning that the whole universe should have been obliterated ever since it was made. Scientists are still stumped today, trying to figure out where all that antimatter went.

Fun Facts:

-It would take about 100 billion dollars to create just a milligram of antimatter
-Scientists are studying methods to use antimatter as rocket fuel
-Antihydrogen was first created in 1995
-The universe is in asymmetry
-Antimatter responds to gravity normally
-In 2009, antimatter triggered the largest explosion in the universe
-Antimatter is a fictional substance in Star Trek (It powers the Enterprise)