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NuSTAR Helps Unravel The Mystery Of How A Dead Star Can

NuSTAR Helps Unravel The Mystery Of How A Dead Star Can Power Intense Gamma Rays

Whitney Clavin, Jet Propulsion Laboratory Our Milky Way galaxy is littered with the still-sizzling remains of exploded stars. When the most massive stars explode as supernovas, they don't fade into the night, but sometimes glow ferociously...

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Hurricane Julio Gamma Ray Flash
2014-08-08 02:00:26

Francis Reddy and Rob Gutro, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center NASA's Fermi and Aqua satellites captured two different views of bursts of strength show by Hurricane Julio as it intensified. NASA's Fermi satellite saw a gamma-ray flash from Julio, while NASA's Aqua satellite saw Julio become more structurally organized as a hurricane. Fermi Spots Julio's Gamma-Ray Flash Shortly after 4:19 a.m. EDT on Monday, Aug. 4, NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope showed that Julio packs a...

white dwarf star in V407 Cygni
2014-07-31 16:20:44

J.D. Harrington, NASA Headquarters Observations by NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope of several stellar eruptions, called novae, firmly establish these relatively common outbursts almost always produce gamma rays, the most energetic form of light. "There's a saying that one is a fluke, two is a coincidence, and three is a class, and we're now at four novae and counting with Fermi," said Teddy Cheung, an astrophysicist at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, and the lead...

NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope Sees A 'Transformer' Pulsar
2014-07-23 03:29:42

[ Watch The Video: Fermi Catches A ‘Transformer’ Pulsar ] NASA In late June 2013, an exceptional binary containing a rapidly spinning neutron star underwent a dramatic change in behavior never before observed. The pulsar's radio beacon vanished, while at the same time the system brightened fivefold in gamma rays, the most powerful form of light, according to measurements by NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope. "It's almost as if someone flipped a switch, morphing the...

artist rendering of GRB 130925A
2014-07-13 04:08:40

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A long-lasting gamma-ray burst that was first observed last year contained traits similar to those expected from explosions of some of the earliest stars in the universe, claims a new study appearing in The Astrophysical Journal. According to the ESA, the long-lasting blast of extremely energetic radiation was identified as GRB130925A, and thanks to both ground- and space-based equipment, astronomers were able to track its origin...

Middle Drum
2014-07-10 04:29:16

John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online All across the Universe high-energy charged particles – mostly protons, electrons, and hydrogen nuclei, though heavier nuclei also exist – are found racing in all directions. The source of these particles, collectively called cosmic rays, is masked by the interstellar magnetic field that bends their paths, making them nearly impossible to directly trace. Much progress has been made in narrowing down their origin in recent...

HESS-II telescope
2014-07-05 05:47:46

CNRS (Délégation Paris Michel-Ange) The HESS-II (High Energy Stereoscopic System) telescope in Namibia has detected gamma rays of only 30 Giga electron volts (GeV) from the Vela pulsar. This is the first pulsar to be detected by HESS and the second - after Crab in 2011 - to be spotted by ground-based gamma ray telescopes. These results have been obtained by the HESS collaboration involving the CNRS and CEA. The HESS experiment in Namibia, which was upgraded in 2012, now boasts a fifth...

blazar
2014-06-04 06:45:18

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Astronomers using the NASA Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope to study what they thought were two different classes of black-hole-powered galaxies known as blazars now believe that they may be one and the same. [ Watch the Video: Blazars: Artist Conception ] “We can think of one blazar class as a gas-guzzling car and the other as an energy-efficient electric vehicle,” lead researcher and Clemson University astrophysicist Marco...

Dark Matter Clues From The Center Of Our Galaxy
2014-04-03 13:57:46

[ Watch the Video: Fermi Data Hints At New Dark Matter Clues ] Francis Reddym, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center A new study of gamma-ray light from the center of our galaxy makes the strongest case to date that some of this emission may arise from dark matter, an unknown substance making up most of the material universe. Using publicly available data from NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, independent scientists at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab), the...

Spidery Pulsars Consume Their Mates With A Deadly Embrace
2014-02-21 14:19:40

[ Watch The Video: A Black Widow Pulsar Consumes its Mate ] Francis Reddy, NASA Black widow spiders and their Australian cousins, known as redbacks, are notorious for their tainted love, expressed as an unsettling tendency to kill and devour their male partners. Astronomers have noted similar behavior among two rare breeds of binary system that contain rapidly spinning neutron stars, also known as pulsars. "The essential features of black widow and redback binaries are that...

First Gamma Ray Study Gravitational Lens
2014-01-06 15:27:47

[ Watch the Video: Fermi Provides New Details About Gravitational Lenses ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A gravitational lens is created when a galaxy or other massive object bends and amplifies light heading toward an observer from a more distant source and a new paper from an international team of researchers has reported the first-ever gamma ray study of the cosmic phenomenon. The paper, which will be published in an upcoming edition of Astrophysical Journal...


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