The Fermi Science Support Center (FSSC) runs the guest investigator program, creates and maintains the mission time line, provides analysis tools for the scientific community, and archives and serves the Fermi data. This web site is the portal to Fermi for all guest investigators.
Look into the "Resources" section for finding schedules, publications, useful links etc. The "Proposals" section is where you will be able to find the relevant information and tools to prepare and submit proposals for guest investigator projects. At "Data" you will be able to access the Fermi databases and find the software to analyse them. Address all questions and requests to the helpdesk in "Help".
Fermi Observations for MW 417
This week continues the 50-degree sky-survey rocking profile. The week begins with an inertial point observation during which the new survey profile is uploaded. There are no special observations scheduled this week.
Nearly 10 billion years ago, the black hole at the center of a galaxy known as PKS B1424-418 produced a powerful outburst. Light from this blast began arriving at Earth in 2012. Now astronomers using data from NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope and other space- and ground-based observatories have shown that a record-breaking neutrino seen around the same time likely was born in the same event.
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Two new online services have recently been added to the FSSC web site. The Fermi All-sky Variability Analysis (FAVA) employs a photometric technique to identify flaring sources in the Fermi LAT data and also offers a capability to for end users to compute light curves for any point on the sky for user specified time intervals. A second facility, maintained by the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, provides a tabulation of candidate Untriggered GBM Short GRB Candidates. With the graphical and textual information provided, users can easily obtain the digital data from the FSSC data archive and perform their own detailed analyses.
On Sept. 14, waves of energy traveling for more than a billion years gently rattled space-time in the vicinity of Earth. The disturbance, produced by a pair of merging black holes, was captured by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) facilities in Hanford, Washington, and Livingston, Louisiana. This event marked the first-ever detection of gravitational waves and opens a new scientific window on how the universe works.
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