In Antarctic territory and through the Icecube Neutrino Observatory, a team of scientists first discovered evidence of high-energy neutrino emission from the Messier 77 galaxyNGC 1068.
Meanwhile, NASA and followers of astronomy are preparing to eThe total lunar eclipse this Tuesday, November 8where The Moon will be tinted red as the Earth passes between it and the Sun. At the edge of the icy world of Antarctica, the Icecube observatory was brewing a decisive discovery for science.
The importance of this finding lies in the fact that will unlock the secrets of black holesas well as answering questions about the performance of the objects that are farthest and most extreme in the cosmos.
the neutrino observatory
The neutrinos are a type of peculiar particles that practically do not interact with the world, that is, they do not interact neither with matter nor with radiationwhich makes it difficult to detect by telescopes and that is why it is They are called “ghost particles”.
The observations could be detected by Icecube, which represents the most effective and key tool for the investigation of this type of particles due to the difficulty of making observations due to the immense clouds of dust and gas.
Thus, it took years of measurements and statistical methods for the researchers to accumulate enough neutrino events to confirm the discovery.
The Galaxy Messier 77 (NGC 1068)
Located 47 million light years away, NGC 1068 is similar in size and shape to the Milky Way.
However, it differs in that Messier 77 is an active galaxywhere most of the radiation is not produced by stars, but is due to material falling into a black hole millions of times more massive than our sun.