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NuSTAR Observatory Busy High Energy Events
2013-06-18 11:08:53

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA´s NuSTAR orbiting observatory is designed to investigate high-energy events throughout the universe, and the cosmos has been keeping it busy in recent months, producing one event after another. In early April, the galaxy Markarian 421 produced a high-energy event that increased its brightness by more than 50 times its usual level. Markarian 421 is known as a blazer, a unique class of galaxies with supermassive "feeding" black...

Measuring All Light Since Big Bang May Provide Answers To Evolution Of Universe
2013-05-24 14:07:39

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Researchers wrote in The Astrophysical Journal that they have made the best measurement of all the light in the universe since the Big Bang yet. Measuring the number and energy of each particle of light or photon since the Big Bang could provide secrets about the nature and evolution of the Universe, such as how similar or different ancient galaxies were compared to the galaxies today. The researchers made the most accurate...

NASA, US Air Force Need More Robust Spaceflight Processors
2013-05-16 14:00:22

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online NASA and the US Air Force (USAF) Research Laboratory said they are looking for four companies to research and develop high-performance spaceflight computing capabilities. The new Air Force Next Generation Space Processor Analysis Program seeks to find companies to perform a yearlong evaluation of advanced, space-based applications that would use spaceflight processors for the 2020 to 2030 time frame. NASA decided to join the Air...

Shockingly Bright Gamma-Ray Burst Observed By Fermi, Swift
2013-05-06 04:44:26

John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online On Saturday, April 27, the Fermi Gamma-ray Telescope detected a sudden, powerful flux of high-energy gamma-rays, indicating a historic burst event in a distant galaxy. The instrument then notified other telescopes located in space and on the ground that a Gamma-ray Burst (GRB) had been detected. Fermi´s main instrument the Large Area Telescope (LAT) detected gamma-rays as high as 94 giga-electron volts (GeV),...

Blowing Bubbles: The Hunt For Dark Matter Is On At SNOLAB
2013-05-03 05:07:09

John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The search for dark matter has been heating up over the last year or so. First, researchers using the Fermi Gamma-ray Telescope announced that a preliminary analysis of the soft gamma-ray data suggested evidence of dark matter annihilations coming from the galactic center. Then, early results from the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer found an excess of positrons in their data, an expected signature of dark matter...

2013-05-02 16:20:35

WASHINGTON, May 2, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA astrophysicist Chryssa Kouveliotou, a senior scientist at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., has been selected for membership in the National Academy of Sciences, in recognition of her distinguished and continuing achievements in original scientific research. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Kouveliotou, a longtime leading researcher in NASA's space science mission, conducts extensive...

Fermi Space Telescope Dodges Soviet Satellite
2013-05-01 18:58:05

[ Watch the Video: Fermi's Close Call with a Soviet Satellite ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online NASA said on Tuesday its Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope was able to dodge a 1.5-ton bullet in space. Julie McEnery, a project scientist for Fermi, opened her email at the end of March and found an automatically generated report arrived from NASA's Robotic Conjunction Assessment Risk Analysis (CARA) team. The document said Fermi was just one week away from an...

Most Distant Source Of High-Energy Gamma Rays Comes From Distant Blazar
2013-04-19 04:57:41

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Of all the active galactic nuclei, blazars are the brightest and emit very high-energy gamma rays. A team led by physicists from the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), has made new observations of the blazar known as PKS 1424+240 that reveal it is the most distant known source of very high-energy gamma rays. The emission spectrum of PKS 1424+240 now appears highly unusual in the light of new data. Data from the Hubble Space...

Where Do Cosmic Rays Come From?
2013-03-01 05:33:26

[ Listen to the Webcast ] John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online As we search the heavens, one of the striking observations is that we are constantly bombarded by a stream of extremely high energy charged particles, traveling at nearly the speed of light. Known as Cosmic Rays — composed mostly (90%) of protons with the rest mostly heavy nuclei and a small number of electrons — these particles appear to come from all directions. But where do...

Fermi's Motion Creates A Celestial Spirograph
2013-02-28 12:15:33

NASA [ Watch The Video ] NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope orbits our planet every 95 minutes, building up increasingly deeper views of the universe with every circuit. Its wide-eyed Large Area Telescope (LAT) sweeps across the entire sky every three hours, capturing the highest-energy form of light -- gamma rays -- from sources across the universe. These range from supermassive black holes billions of light-years away to intriguing objects in our own galaxy, such as X-ray...