IceCube neutrino detector

Neutrino source pinpointed for first time

IceCube neutrino detector
The IceCube detector – a cubic kilometre of Antarctic ice threaded with sensitive light detectors.

The IceCube neutrino telescope in Antarctica, the Fermi gamma ray telescope in low earth orbit and an array of radio telescopes across the Southern Hemisphere, have been used collaboratively to pinpoint a neutrino source in deep space for the first time.

The neutrinos were shown to have originated in a active supermassive black hole at the centre of a quaser, 9.1 billion light years away, in the constellation of Centaurus.

Professor Sergei Gulyaev of the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) has called the discovery “as significant as that of gravitational waves“.

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