Personally speaking - the viewpoint on a non-astrophysicist - the themes of this blog post sound like the origin story for a 1960’s superhero: cosmic rays, neutrinos, gamma rays, and of course, IceCube Neutrino Observatory, a crazy array of sensors in Antarctica located under a kilometer of ice. Isn’t that where Superman’s Fortress of Solitude is hidden?
I can’t possibly cover (understand) the full scope of Marcos Santander’s work, but his team - Robyn, Emma, and Steven - are doing some very cool stuff. What you need to know is what scientists don’t know: Namely, what is the source of cosmic rays (nuclei or other high energy sub-atomic particles traveling near the speed of light through space)? So, the team’s project is pretty straightforward. Find the source of cosmic rays and thereby solve a long-standing mystery in astrophysics.
Will Marcos and his team of young, mad scientists discover the source of cosmic rays? Will they solve one of the biggest mysteries in astrophysics before SRMP graduation? Tune in tomorrow (June) to find out.