Exploring the Universe from the South Pole: The Science of IceCube
Sunday10/189:00 am - 9:00 pm
IceCube is perhaps the strangest telescope in the world. It comprises 5,160 basketball-sized optical sensors attached to 86 vertical “strings” embedded in a cubic kilometer of ice at the South Pole.
IceCube looks for signals from almost invisible comic messengers known as neutrinos: chargeless, nearly massless and the second-most abundant fundamental particle in the universe (outnumbered only by photons). Trillions of neutrinos pass through an area the size of your palm every second. They are produced in the sun, nuclear reactors, Earth’s core, your bones, bananas, and more—but IceCube is interested in astrophysical neutrinos produced by the most powerful cosmic engines and environments in the universe.
Learn more about how IceCube explores the universe here:
“Exploring the Cosmos from the South Pole” – an intro to IceCube Science with PolarTREC Educator Jocelyn Argueta
South Pole Tour with IceCube Winterovers John Hardin and Yuya Makino
South Pole Webcast: Kids’ Edition with Jocelyn Argueta (aka “Jargie the Science Girl”)
“Why Neutrinos Matter” TED-Ed Talk by Sílvia Bravo Gallart
Tour of the IceCube Lab with PolarTREC Educator Kate Miller
Image credit: Yuya Makino, IceCube/NSF