Understanding the Universe – IceCube Neutrino Observatory

Watch a short film and Learn the basics of project ICeCube.

Some of the smallest particles in the Universe (neutrinos) have really big stories to tell.

Neutrinos originate in cosmic events thousands of times more powerful than anything humans have ever created. Many scientists believe neutrinos hold the secret to understanding how the Universe really works, but how can they “listen to” a particle that is difficult to detect?

Not easy, but not impossible either…

Just follow these directions to unlock the secrets of the universe:

  1. Design a unique sensor.
  2. Make it as reliable as a military spacecraft.
  3. Build, test and deploy thousands of these sensors in deep ice at the South Pole.
  4. Make sure the sensors all work together as a system.

This was the goal of Project IceCube: To develop the world’s largest neutrino detector and embed it one mile beneath the ice at the South Pole.

This short stop-motion animated film by Casey O’Hara is an easy introduction to the IceCube Neutrino Observatory.

Fact: Developing the first neutrino telescope of its kind required the help of 12 countries, 45 institutions – and bb7.

Did it work?

Short Answer: Yes. Between 2010 and 2013, IceCube had detected millions of neutrinos, 28 of which originated outside of the Solar System.

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