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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...

2014-01-06 12:20:58

WASHINGTON, Jan. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An international team of astronomers, using NASA's Fermi observatory, has made the first-ever gamma-ray measurements of a gravitational lens, a kind of natural telescope formed when a rare cosmic alignment allows the gravity of a massive object to bend and amplify light from a more distant source. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) This accomplishment opens new avenues for research, including a novel way...

Watch Out Buggles, Black Hole Also Killed The Radio Star
2013-12-20 14:37:23

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers have discovered a new type of exploding star that exhausts all its energy before collapsing into a black hole. Scientists believed all gamma-ray bursts were followed by a radio afterglow, so Australian astronomers of the Centre for All-sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO) at Curtin University and the University of Sydney decided to set out to prove this theory. Instead they discovered a new population of exploding stars that switched...

Mysterious Radio Bursts May Originate From Nearby Flaring Stars
2013-12-13 04:17:34

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Extremely quick, extremely bright radio pulses known as “fast radio bursts” may originate from flaring stars located within our own galaxy, researchers from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) claim in a new study. Based on their characteristics, scientists had believed that these radio bursts came from galaxies located billions of light-years away. However, the pulses – which typically only last for...

Looking At Magnetic Fields Of Gamma-ray Bursts
2013-12-04 16:25:22

NASA A new study using observations from a novel instrument provides the best look to date at magnetic fields at the heart of gamma-ray bursts, the most energetic explosions in the universe. An international team of astronomers from Britain, Slovenia and Italy has glimpsed the infrastructure of a burst's high-speed jet. Gamma-ray bursts are the most luminous explosions in the cosmos. Most are thought to be triggered when the core of a massive star runs out of nuclear fuel, collapses...

Research Quality X-rays Could Have Widespread Applications
2013-11-25 08:27:00

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Using a compact but powerful laser, a research team at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has developed a new way to generate synchrotron X-rays. Although the high quality of synchrotron X-rays make them ideal for research ranging from the structure of matter to advanced medical images, access to the technology has been limited until now. Most traditional synchrotron X-ray devices are gigantic and costly, available only at a few sites around the world....

2013-11-21 16:20:41

WASHINGTON, Nov. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On April 27, a blast of light from a dying star in a distant galaxy became the focus of astronomers around the world. The explosion, known as a gamma-ray burst and designated GRB 130427A, tops the charts as one of the brightest ever seen. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) A trio of NASA satellites, working in concert with ground-based robotic telescopes, captured never-before-seen details that challenge...

Lightning Study To Be The Subject Of NASA Firefly Mission
2013-11-16 04:39:20

[ Watch the Video: Firefly Mission to Study Lightning ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online NASA is preparing to launch an inexpensive, football-sized probe to study lightning, including its effects on the atmosphere and the possible link between the phenomenon and powerful energy bursts known as terrestrial gamma ray flashes (TGFs), the US space agency announced on Friday. The probe has been dubbed Firefly, and it is currently scheduled for a launch later...

NASA FireStation Understanding Thunderstorms
2013-11-04 15:33:49

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA’s FireStation instrument aboard the International Space Station (ISS) is helping scientists learn more about the party taking place inside a thunderstorm. The Space Test Program-Houston 4-FireStation is an instrument attached to the outside of the space station that is sponsored by NASA and the National Science Foundation (NSF). The instrument collects data as it flies over thunderstorms, helping scientists answer questions about...


Latest Gamma ray Reference Libraries

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2004-10-19 04:45:43

Gamma-Ray Astronomy -- Gamma-ray astronomy is the astronomical study of gamma rays. Long before experiments could detect gamma rays emitted by cosmic sources, scientists had known that the universe should be producing these photons. Work by Feenberg and Primakoff in 1948, Hayakawa and Hutchinson in 1952, and, especially, Morrison in 1958 had led scientists to believe that a number of different processes which were occurring in the universe would result in gamma-ray emission. These...

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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Hypernova -- A hypernova is a theoretical type of supernova produced when exceptionally large stars collapse at the end of their lifespan. In a hypernova, the core of the star collapses directly into a black hole and two extremely energetic jets of plasma are emitted from its rotational poles at nearly light speed. These jets emit intense gamma rays, and are a candidate explanation for gamma ray bursts. Theorists have come up with several plausible explanations for hypernovae. It may...

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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Electromagnetic Spectrum -- The electromagnetic spectrum describes the various types of electromagnetic radiation based on their wavelengths. Radio, representing wavelengths from a few feet to well over a mile, is at one end of the spectrum. Gamma ray radiation is at the other end: the wavelength of the harder types is so short, in the subatomic range, that we do not have instruments capable of directly measuring it. While the above classification scheme is generally accurate, in...

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