# Why is there a limit to the intensity of cosmic rays at low energies? [duplicate]

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Cosmic radiation cutoff at LOW energies?

The energy spectrum of the cosmic radiation (not CMB) is limited on both sides.

I know about the GZK-cutoff at high energies. Basically, the interaction probability for photons of energies above 10^20 eV becomes so high that all have interacted before they can reach us.

But why is there a limit at lower energies? Earth's magnetic field, atmosphere, and/or radiation belt? Perhaps someone can explain that to me.

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I thought it was because when it gets to lower energies, they are called X-rays? And yes, the atmosphere and magnetic fields block them here on the surface of the earth. –  Brightblades Feb 23 '12 at 18:42
Cross-posting duplicate from astronomy.SE of this question. –  Qmechanic May 5 '12 at 16:42