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Mysteries in Antarctica: Bizarre Particles

Many things we find on Earth may have its origins in Space.  From random rocks that could be meteorites to certain metals like gold, these objects may have once travelled the solar system until they ended up somewhere on our home planet.  While these objects may be seen with the naked eye, something else may be a bit too small to be seen; and might need a little extra effort to find.

Scientists at the IceCube Neutrino Observatory in Antarctica have discovered high-energy neutrinos buried deep within the ice.  This has certainly been a very interesting and significant find as these particles come from high energy sources such as black holes and exploding stars.  The team has also found neutrinos from outside our galaxy in 2013, but they had to make sure it was not coming from sources within our galaxy, so they would have to search for neutrinos with similar energies that go into all directions at the same time, are independent from Earth’s rotation, and orbit around the sun.  All these things are possible if their origins are from outside our galaxy.  The discovery already seems to be a step further in research.

They were able to be found all thanks to 86 shafts that make up the observatory.  These shafts are dug into the ice for about 8,000 feet and are equipped with sensors designed to look out for light from high energy particles.