Astronomers propose building a neutrino telescope — out of the Pacific Ocean

Paul M. Sutter is an astrophysicist at SUNY Stony Brook and the Flatiron Institute, host of “Ask a Spacemanand “Space Radio,” and author of “How to Die in Space.” Sutter contributed this article to’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights.

Neutrinos are one of the most elusive particles in the cosmos, second only to ultra-mysterious dark matter. They are made in considerable quantity — they participate in the weak nuclear force and they’re responsible for nuclear fusion and decay. So any time something nuclear is happening, neutrinos are involved.