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Apr 28, 2016

NASA's Fermi Telescope Helps Link Cosmic Neutrino to Blazar Blast

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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Apr 20, 2016

Two New Online Services

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.

Apr 18, 2016

NASA's Fermi Telescope Poised to Pin Down Gravitational Wave Sources

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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Feb 10, 2016

Fermi GBM Terrestrial Gamma-ray Flashes Catalog Available at the FSSC

As a result of improved analysis and operating modes, the Gamma-ray Burst Monitor (GBM) aboard NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope is detecting Terrestrial Gamma-ray Flashes at a rate of more than 800 per year. The second GBM catalog of TGFs, composed of 3356 TGFs detected from July 11 2008 through June 23 2015, has just been released on the Fermi Science Support Center.
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Jan 07, 2016

NASA's Fermi Space Telescope Sharpens its High-energy Vision

Major improvements to methods used to process observations from NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope have yielded an expanded, higher-quality set of data that allows astronomers to produce the most detailed census of the sky yet made at extreme energies.
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Jan 05, 2016

Reminder: Cycle-9 GI Proposals are due on January 22, 2016

Proposals to participate in the Fermi Cycle-9 Guest Investigator Program are due by 16:30 EST January 22, 2016. For additional details and instructions on how to propose please refer to the Proposals page of the FSSC web site and to the Fermi appendix (D.6) to the 2015 ROSES NRA which is hosted by the NSPIRES web facility. We strongly encourage prospective proposers who have not already done so to review these documents prior to preparing their proposals.

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