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A high-energy neutrino has been traced to its galactic birthplace

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An Antarctic research station detected the high-energy particle as it slammed into the ice

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HOME BASE  Scientists traced a high-energy neutrino back to its source: a blazar, a galaxy harboring a supermassive black hole that fuels powerful jets of particles.

For the first time, a highenergy neutrino has been traced to a source outside of the Milky Way. It was from a galaxy in the constellation of Orion (location indicated in blue). In that patch of sky, the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope spotted a flare of gamma rays. These rays are a type of highenergy light.

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