- The new telescope was deployed 4,300ft under the ice of Lake Baikal in Siberia
- Baikal-GVD detector will search for the notoriously difficult to spot neutrinos
- The subatomic particles with almost no mass are the smallest known to science
- Scientists hope they can help explain the early universe and even dark matter
A giant underwater telescope has been deployed 4,300ft below the surface of Lake Baikal in a bid to observe neutrinos – the smallest particles known to science.
Baikal-GVD has been under construction since 2015 and consists of strings with spherical glass and stainless steel modules measuring a total of 17,657 cubic feet.
A neutrino is a subatomic particle with no electrical charge and a very small mass – they are one of the most abundant particles in the universe but because of their small size they are very difficult to detect.