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Astronomers Use Moon in Effort to Corral Elusive Cosmic Particles
November 30, 2010
Seeking to detect mysterious, ultra-high-energy neutrinos from distant regions of space, a team of astronomers used the moon as part of an innovative telescope system for the search. Their work gave new insight on the possible origin of the elusive subatomic particles and points the way to opening a new view of the universe in the future.
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