Monday, February 14, 2011

Awesomest Image du Jour XLII

Ice fishing in space!

Sort of.  It's actually in Antartica, but scientists are fishing for space-y things:  neutrinos.  Neutrinos [neutrini??] are fundamental particles not unlike electrons, but without the electric charge.  This allows them to pass through all sorts of things, including, apparently, tons of ice at the South Pole.


[Source:  National Science Foundation/B. Gudbjartsson via  NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day.]