The continent of Antarctica will be used as a "telescope" to detect neutrinos in an ambitious project being undertaken by a University of Hawaii physicist and colleagues.

The study of the neutrinos, which rarely interact with matter, will help them understand some of the most violent phenomena in the universe, such as supernovas.

The scope of the project will allow it to collect in 30 days data that it would take a decade for similar neutrino scopes to capture. Funded by NASA, the "telescope" will be a payload of antennae which patrols the continent recording neutrino bursts.