by Kadijah Smith

Trillions of neutrinos pass through human bodies every second, yet most people don’t even know what they are.

ICECube Neutrino Observatory near the South Pole
IceCube Neutrino Observatory, courtesy National Science Foundation

On Friday, Nov. 9, University of West Georgia physics professor Dr. Nicholas Sterling will give a free lecture titled “Ghosts in the Ice: The Detection of Neutrinos from a Supermassive Black Hole.” This community event is appropriate for ages 12 and up and will be held in UWG’s Boyd Building, room 230, from 7-8:30 p.m.

Neutrinos are ghostlike particles that rarely interact with matter, making them extremely difficult to detect. This year, the ICECube Neutrino Observatory near the South Pole detected neutrinos emanating from a black hole 5.3 billion light-years away.

“One of the responsibilities of scientists is to bring some enthusiasm for science among middle school, high school and the general public,” Sterling said. “It’s my hope that this lecture will inspire that enthusiasm in everyone who attends and possibly lead them to a new passion for science that could make for an amazing career in the future.”

Sterling engages the public each semester with newsworthy astronomy discoveries. His mission is to expose a diverse range of people to the various technical employment opportunities for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professionals.

Posted on November 6, 2018