The “Nestor” experiment for the detection of neutrinos has been in full progress for three decades, thirty nautical miles outside Pylos, in the sea, at a depth greater than five kilometers.

The experiment takes its name from the initials “Neutrino Extended Submarine Telescope with Oceanographic Research” (Nestor) but in addition, the name of the homonymous king of the area of ​​Pylos in antiquity also played a role in the “baptisms”.

The Greek… CERN is located in the depths of the Greek seas, in the “Frear of Oinoussa” as the specific area in the southwestern Peloponnese is called.

The entire experiment is conducted in the aforementioned underwater well, at a distance of only 7.5 nautical miles from the island of Sapienza and 11 miles from Methoni, at a depth of 5,200 meters.

The volume of water above the bottom of the well filters out cosmic radiation and facilitates observation, in the same way that darkness facilitates observation of the stars, as the waters in the “well of the Oinuses” are extremely clear.

“Nestor” is considered one of the most important experiments in the history of Physics, as it aims to detect invisible particles of matter that are related to the creation of the universe.

The program is funded by the General Secretariat of Research and Technology of the Greek Ministry of Education and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).