Scientists in Antarctica are currently trying to understand the mysterious radio signals coming from the glaciers. A team of physicists is currently working on this project under the guidance of Ian Shoemaker. Ian is a representative from Virginia Tech. Authors have been seeing such strange events since 2016. However, all of these were just believed to be energy radiations and not something more suspicious. The ongoing work involving the high-network antenna ANITA made a change to the objective.
Currently, all scientists are working to catch and learn about the ultrahigh-energy neutrinos. ANITA installation was to help us identify such radiations coming from outer space. However, right now it seems like our own planet is the source of all such radiations. This situation is puzzling to many researchers.
Scientists research the mysterious waves from Antarctica
The events were discovered by scientists at the ANITA experiment—that’s short for Antarctic Impulsive Transient Antenna, started in 2006—in the South Pole. Twice, ANITA scientists discovered radio signals mimicking highly energetic neutrinos seemingly coming upward out of the ground on their own accord. Scientists remain perplexed by the activity, with some 40 papers so far giving wildly different answers—the pulses are neutrinos that passed unencumbered through the entire core of Earth and came out of the ground; the pulses are the long-sought-after “fourth” neutrino known as the sterile neutrino. The mysterious “dark matter” of space is to blame, or this is an entirely unknown frontier of particle and astrophysics physics begging for a Nobel.
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— Int. Glaciol. Soc. (@igsoc) May 28, 2020
However, scientists are still trying to figure out the mystery behind this neutrino radiation. The current research presented on the Annals of Glaciology journal explains how these glaciers act as an accelerator for these particles. Sub-glacial lakes are another consideration by Shoemaker and his team for the reflections. These lakes, deep underground, though, too far spread apart according to current research. Hence is not the most likely explanation. But if there are far more lakes than we know previously, this discovery will be a big win for scientists who study the landscape and interior of Antarctica.
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