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Antarctica 2010: Pointing a telescope at the ground

Posted on behalf of Chaz Firestone Say the word “telescope” at the South Pole and you’ll be directed to one of two large dishes at the Martin A. Pomerantz Observatory, each of which searches the sky for cosmic microwave background radiation left over from the Big Bang: The South Pole Telescope and BICEP, the brawny name for Background Imaging of Cosmic Extragalactic Polarization. But there is a third telescope at the Pole, though it doesn’t really look like one. That’s because it’s pointed downward. IceCube is an astrophysics project at the Pole that looks for traces of neutrinos, invisible particles 

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