As a photo of the sun this doesn’t look very impressive – until you realise it was taken using neutrinos!
And also that it was taken through the earth – when the sun was on the other side of the earth!
An exposure of 503 day was used and neutrinos detected using a 50 000-ton water pool located 1 km underground. Neutrinos have an extremely weak interaction with other matter. Most of them pass through the earth without interaction and the detection relies on Cherenkov radiation emitted during a rare interaction with an electron in the water.
Thanks to: The Sun seen through the Earth in “neutrino light”
Elusive ... subatomic neutrino tracks showing electrons and muons. Photograph: Dan Mccoy/Rainbow/Science Faction/Corbis
The process of science is very creative in itself. But I think creativity in science takes on a deeper meaning, and provide a wider communication, when it involves other art forms like writing, music and the graphic arts.
Spare a thought
So I enjoyed this little song by Andrew Pontzen (a theoretical cosmologist – @apontzen) commenting on the recent news of neutrinos caught travelling faster than light.
It’s called Spare a Thought – and to my limited appreciation of the subject he seems to hint at the underlying physics of the situation.
Thanks to Geek Pop Podcast: The Live Sessions at geek pop.
Some NZ poetry
And I have just found out that SciBlogsNZ has its own resident poet. The chemist Michael Edmonds who writes the blog Molecular Matters.
He has just posted two poems Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing and A New Scientific Revolution. Both are very relevant to the issues we face today.
Posted in belief, Health and Medicine, New Zealand, philosophy, SciBlogs, science, Science and Society
Tagged art, education, Faster-than-light, Geeks and Nerds, Graphic arts, music, neutrino, physics, poetry, SciBlogs