IceCube Telescope Discovers High-Energy Neutrinos; New Era in Astronomy

Image Credit: Sven Lidstrom. IceCube/NSF

The IceCube lab is located on the frozen ice at the South Pole and the Neutrino telescope is buried 1.5 kilometers below the surface of the pole. Scientists, after years of finding nothing, has detected 28 high-energy neutrinos. This could prove there was very violent explosions in the universe.

Physicist Francis Halzen said "We are seeing these cosmic neutrinos for the first time." Halzen is from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is the principle investigator for the IceCube lab. Now that these neutrinos have been discovered it opens up a whole new window to the universe for astronomers.

To get a better understanding of the IceCube telescope and what a neutrino is, you can check out the main page for the IceCube Neutrino Telescope.

The IceCube telescope, as mentioned already, is buried 1.5 kilometers below the Antarctica surface with 5,160 light-sensitive detectors to view possible neutrinos.

Read the rest of this great article over at Wired!

Source Wired
Channel Science
Topics Science, Space, Earth, Astronomy, South Pole