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Friday, July 13, 2018

Physicists Pinpoint The Origin Of A Powerful Neutrino For The First Time : NPR

Scientists for the first time have been able to pinpoint the source of an extremely powerful version of a neutrino, a ghostly particle that can travel virtually unimpeded through space.

It's an achievement that opens a whole new way of looking at the universe.

The neutrino was detected by a South Pole observatory called IceCube that was specifically designed to catch the particles. It consists of a cubic kilometer of ice festooned with more than 5,000 detectors.

Neutrinos don't interact with much, but occasionally one will strike another particle, giving off a kind of light known as Cherenkov radiation that IceCube's detectors can pick up.

via www.npr.org

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"It's an achievement that opens a whole new way of looking at the universe."

Eh? Why?

Posted by: dearieme | Jul 13, 2018 6:50:13 AM