Scientists Capture ‘Ghost Particles’ in Milky Way Galaxy
Astronomers have made a ground-breaking discovery by capturing a remarkable image of the Milky Way galaxy that reveals the existence of high-energy neutrinos coming from within our own galaxy.
Known as cosmic “ghost particles,” these elusive particles were discovered by a telescope hidden in the cold depths of Antarctica.
This remarkable milestone opens up an exciting new avenue of research. Scientists utilized the IceCube Neutrino Observatory situated at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, which is immersed in a colossal gigaton (1 billion tons) of ice, making it the largest neutrino detector ever constructed.
Neutrinos earned their ethereal moniker due to their ghostly nature. These minuscule yet energetic cosmic particles possess negligible mass and can effortlessly traverse any material or environment, be it stars, planets, or entire galaxies, without altering their essence.
Even though it has long been understood that high-energy neutrinos come from galaxies other than the Milky Way, scientists have hypothesized that our own galaxy may potentially be a source.
The research team concentrated their efforts on the Milky Way’s plane, the densely populated region along its equator. Analyzing a decade’s worth of IceCube data, they examined a staggering 60,000 neutrinos, marking a significant increase compared to previous scans.
The findings strongly suggest that these newfound neutrinos emanate from within our galaxy, although the IceCube observatory’s current capabilities do not permit precise identification of their exact sources. Nonetheless, this remarkable feat of observation provides a fascinating glimpse into the hidden depths of our cosmic neighborhood.