South Pole Science: The Event Horizon Telescope

Event horizon: where the speed needed to “break free” from the black hole’s gravitational attraction is greater than the speed of light. “I still don’t get it.” Me either. But I’ll try to explain to you what was explained to me! To see the supermassive black hole, Sagittarius A*, at the center of our galaxy…

South Pole Science: BICEP3 and the CMB

Out at the Dark Sector Lab (DSL) the awesome BICEP3 team is hard at work getting their latest telescope up and running before the end of the summer season. BICEP stands for Background Imaging of Cosmic Extragalactic Polarization, and they are currently working on the third installment in this series of experiments. The objective of…

South Pole Science: SPICE Core

The South Pole Ice Core project, fondly known as SPICE core, is drilling down to 1,500 meters depth and sending samples back to the states that may date back to 40,000 years old. Ice cores are an important component of atmospheric science because they uniquely provide direct evidence of the past atmospheric chemistry. Scientists analyze…

South Pole Science: Ice Cube

The Ice Cube project is on the hunt for neutrinos! To be honest, I didn’t even understand what a neutrino was until this past weekend. It sounds like some nourishing snack produced by Nabisco. Thankfully, Mike DuVernois from the University of Wisconsin—Madison gave us a science lecture on these tiny little guys and the gigantic…