Blazing Saddles!

by Ted Frimet

Blazing Saddles!

Astra inclinant, sed non obligant.

In the Verge(1), Loren Grush reports neutrino detection from a Blazar, as does author Daniel Clery in this weeks Science(2).

Good articles, easy to read and learned a pant-lode.

I took a great deal of notes, from the D. Clery write-up, and wanted to get an input on the below. So I scrambled this write up, and posted to my Google+ Astronomy hang-out. So far, no taker on my commentary or question. I suspect that, unlike the multi-messenger service provided to the likes of Blazar identification, and neutrino co-relation, my flaring source of “irridium” will take the slower, anthropoetic observers trail.

Okay. Anthropoetic. I just made that up. So I better come up with some Anthro-poetry, post-haste!

Look out the window and what do you see
A bird, a bee, and a reflection of me

I might need to reconnect with an Astrophysicist or two. Neutrino astronomy is making me daffy! Would someone step up to the plate and recommend one for me? I am being left with the confounded notion that high energy gamma ray producers are knocking head and tails against cosmic rays, accelerating them to evolve to high-energy neutrinos. The likes of up to 400 GeV.

Has Blazar TXS 0506+056 been co-related with IceCube-170922A at 290 GeV ? Despite the alert, and crucial observations across a broad range of wavelengths, a 5-sigma has not been established. Clery reports that IceCube and other observers agree on a one in 740 chance. Still looking for love in the all the wrong places? Scientists will require a confirmation at 1 in 3,500,000 probability for other than coincidence.

Daniel writes, “If the IceCube team is right, blazars could be the first confirmed source of these cosmic rays”. I am pretty sure he was referring to this specific neutrino detection. Or at least, I was hopeful. Although, I didn’t “feel it”. Hence this essay.

Because the different parts of my brain, have a jitter pattern that is unparalleled in all of neuroscience, you know that didn’t sit quite right in ye crawl space. Forgive me my rant, as I recall a Princeton lecture, hosted by our club, given by Dr Jia Liu.

The talk was given on September 13, 2016 at 7:30PM in Peyton Hall on the Princeton University campus. Titled, “Neutrinos: Their discovery, detection, and future prospects” by Princeton University Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Jia Liu.

I commiserated, this past Friday night, as I substituted on Team One observation duty, with fellow Amateur Astronomer, Thomas Swords. Tom pointed out how our lectures eventually reinforce a knowledge base and understanding for more recent developing events. He was so, spot on!

In her lecture, Dr Liu taught us about the three flavors of neutrinos that evening, long ago, and spoke of the many detectors, then in place. It prompted my to poke a little further, and stir my memory. More jitters.

In his compositional essay, co-editor S. Prasad Ganti, writes:

The “Kamiokande detector in Japan, also known as Super K, detected the first neutrinos from outside of the solar system from the 1987A supernova in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way located 160,000 light years away. Ray Davis and Masatoshi Koshiba,the Director of Super K, won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2002.”(3)

Am I off base, in suggesting that Clery might have been more precise writing: “the first confirmed source of these cosmic rays from a blazar”. I am nit-picking. Am I not? Or did the Super K team not confirm the the first neutrino detection, from outside our Milky Way?

I could yield to the Neutrino Antarctic detector IceCube and the confirmation by the Fermi Gamma Ray Space Telescope. No yielding, unless I feel it. And I am not getting that warm fuzzy feeling. Not just yet. Especially so, when a summary reporting author over looked the Super K.

In the Dalai Lama’s ideation there are three types of wisdom (4). We have already surpassed the first stage of hearing, or reading. As of the time of this essay, I have placed us at the second stage, immersed with the constant familiarity of a topic. Have we arrived, finally at the third stage? Are we able to feel it?

When you feel it, let me know. I don’t want to be out in the cold, during the next confirmed Antarctic light show. I want to believe. Really, believe. Though, Astra inclinant, sed non obligant.

  1. Grush, L. (2018, July 12). Astronomers trace the source of a high-energy particle that slammed into Earth. Retrieved July 22, 2018, from

    Finding the birthplace of a deep-space neutrino

  2. Clery, D. (2018, July 13). Ice reveals a messenger from a blazing galaxy. Science, 361(6398), 115-116.

    This is an in-depth news story review of research articles pp. 146-147 lbid

  3. Ganti, S. P. (2016, January 15). Neutrinos and the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics. Retrieved July 22, 2018, from

    Prasad is the current co_editor of the Sidereal Times, The official publication of the Amateur Astronomers Association of Princeton

  4. Gyatso, T. (1988). The Path to Tranquility (R. Singh, Ed.). New York, NY: Penguin Compass. p284. His Holiness The Dalai Lama, Daily Wisdom
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