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Inventing a New Astronomy at the South Pole


Neutrino Man, a graphic novel in Smithsonian magazine about Francis Halzen and IceCube. The magazine prepared the novel in 2014, when Francis received one of that year's Smithsonian American Ingenuity Awards. His award was present by Stephen Hawking via video during the gala that took place in Washington, D.C.

IceCube Web site

Francis Halzen's Web site

Bert and Ernie, the two most energetic neutrino interactions ever reported at the time (2013) and probably the first extraterrestrial high-energy neutrinos ever detected. As you watch these videos, please keep in mind that they run in very slow motion: the events themselves took only about one one-millionth of a second.

A twelve-hour time-lapse of the auroras above Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, taken in May 2013 by Felipe Pedreros, one of two IceCube scientists who wintered at the station that year. Felipe fixed a camera with a fish-eye lens to look straight up at the south celestial pole through one of the domes at the station. The bright band of stars rotating clockwise in the center of the image is the Milky Way.

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