In the long polar night a telescope with ten 1-m mirrors will be trained on a supernova, a likely source of cosmic rays. The mirrors can detect the faint light from the short-lived cascade of particles that occurs when gamma rays hit the atmosphere. Reprinted by permission from the Science Times section of The New York Times of 12 Dec. 1989.
© 1990 Optical Society of America
Malcolm W. Browne, "South Pole emerging as center of astronomy," Appl. Opt. 29, 739-740 (1990)