Eyes beneath the ice.

Have I been posting more about Antarctica than usual lately? Doesn’t matter. Check out the astronomical project the Telegraph is looking into deep under the ice:

Professor Subir Sarkar, a particle astrophysicist at Oxford University who leads the British involvement in the IceCube experiment, said: “Cosmic rays were discovered 100 years ago, but we still have no idea where they come from.

“At first glance, IceCube seems like a crazy experiment. How can you study the sky when you bury your detectors a mile beneath the ice? But it gives us a new way of tracing their paths back to their source.
“The real excitement is that neutrinos and cosmic rays will reveal an entirely new way of looking at the universe and allow us to see into places where we haven’t been able to before.

“Currently we have no way of peering into black holes through the dust and gas that surrounds them, so if high energy neutrinos are being emitted from their fringes, then we can ‘see’ into places we have been able to before.”