Matter and Antimatter Are Not OppositesAn electron and a positron do not merely cancel each other leaving nothing remaining. When corresponding particles of matter and antimatter do come into contact with each other, they are completely converted into pure energy! That energy can be calculated using Einstein’s well known equation,
E = mc²where E is the resultant energy, m is the total mass of the two particles, and c is the speed of light. The “anti” form of matter is not the opposite of matter. It is a different form of matter. The two forms react violently with each other, each producing exactly half the resulting energy.
It’s Raining Cats and Dogs, Matter and AntimatterInterestingly, “anti” matter has been found to form in thunderstorms by the Fermi Gamma Ray Space Telescope. Enjoy this graphic NASA video explaining the effect.
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