A group of scientists in Antarctica seem to have made a discovery that is both a scientific first and something that reads like a weird TV script:
The scientists in question have discovered an intergalactic ‘Bert and Ernie’, using an ‘IceCube’. The discovery was made more than a mile below the Antarctic ice, and the scientists can’t be a hundred per cent sure that ‘Bert and Ernie’ were actually ever here.
Right, even the producers of X-files are going: ‘that’s just a little to weird’.
What happened was that the scientists used a string of very sensitive detectors placed between 1,5 and 2 kilometres deep in the Antarctic ice – collectively called the IceCube system – to look for neutrinos. Neutrinos are subatomic particles that rarely interact with other matter. When they do the reaction will creat minute flashes of light. Really tiny. And that’s where the IceCube system comes in.
Placed in the complete darkness, deep below the surface, IceCube witnessed two neutrinos, nicknamed ‘Bert’ and ‘Ernie’ interact with matter in a way that had never been seen before.
‘Bert and Ernie’ slammed into matter in the Antarctic ice with so much force that the scientists said they were 99.7 per cent sure that they came from another galaxy. A first for science.