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Fermi Begins Extended Mission
2013-08-22 04:19:34

[ Watch the Video: Fermi at Five Years ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Having successfully completed its five-year primary mission, NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope entered the extended phase of its mission earlier this month – a deeper analysis of the high-energy cosmos that the US space agency hopes will continue through the year 2018. Fermi, which began the extended phase of its mission on August 11, has given astronomers an increasingly...

2013-08-21 16:21:57

WASHINGTON, Aug. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- During its five-year primary mission, NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has given astronomers an increasingly detailed portrait of the universe's most extraordinary phenomena, from giant black holes in the hearts of distant galaxies to thunderstorms on Earth. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) But its job is not done yet. On Aug. 11, Fermi entered an extended phase of its mission -- a deeper study...

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...

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...

Spacetime More Like A Smooth Whiskey Than A Foamy Brew
2013-01-11 04:58:51

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online According to new research led by Michigan Technological University, spacetime might be less like a foamy beer and more like a smooth Einsteinian whiskey. Robert Nemiroff and his team studied the tracings of three photons of differing wavelengths to reach this heady conclusion. NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope recorded these tracings in 2009. About 7 billion light years from Earth, a gamma ray outburst threw the photons from...

Origin Of Gamma Ray Flare Far Away From Their Galaxy’s Black Hole
2013-01-08 13:18:26

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The source of a gamma ray flare that shot past Earth throughout much of 2011 has been discovered, and contrary to popular theory, they did not occur close to their galaxy´s central black hole, NASA officials announced on Monday. Using data collected by both the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope and the National Science Foundation's Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA), astronomers at the U.S. space agency have discovered that the...

2013-01-07 20:21:06

WASHINGTON, Jan. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In 2011, a months-long blast of energy launched by an enormous black hole almost 11 billion years ago swept past Earth. Using a combination of data from NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope and the National Science Foundation's Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA), the world's largest radio telescope, astronomers have zeroed in on the source of this ancient outburst. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO)...

NASA Gives Fermi Space Telescope Better Vision
2012-12-06 15:31:34

[Watch Video: Fermi Finds Radio Bursts From Terrestrial Gamma-Ray Flashes] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope is new and improved, and ready to start sending back some images of high-energy light mysteriously produced above thunderstorms. The space agency updated the telescope with improved data analysis techniques and a new operating mode to the Gamma-ray Burst Monitor (GBM) aboard Fermi. This will enable the...

2012-11-01 15:21:28

WASHINGTON, Nov. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Astronomers using data from NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope have made the most accurate measurement of starlight in the universe and used it to establish the total amount of light from all of the stars that have ever shone, accomplishing a primary mission goal. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO ) "The optical and ultraviolet light from stars continues to travel throughout the universe even after...

Starlight Measured In Detail By Fermi
2012-11-01 13:50:08

[ Watch the Video: NASA's Fermi Explores the Early Universe ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers have made the most accurate measurement of starlight in the universe and have used this to establish the total amount of light from all of the stars that have ever shone. A team used data from NASA's Fermi Gamma-Ray Space Telescope to find the total sum of starlight in the universe, or the extragalactic background light (EBL). Gamma rays are the most...