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Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope

2005 News

Dec 2, 2005

GLAST at the "GRBs in the Swift Era" Conference (11/29-12/2/05)

A number of posters and one overview talk were presented on GLAST's future contributions to the the study of gamma-ray bursts.
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Nov 26, 2005

Integral Reveals New Class Of 'Supergiant' X-ray Binary Stars

ESA's Integral gamma-ray observatory has discovered a new, highly populated class of X-ray fast 'transient' binary stars, undetected in previous observations.
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Nov 9, 2005

GLAST Users' Committee (GUC) meeting at GSFC (11/8-9/05)

The GUC met and reviewed the GLAST Project's preparations to serve the scientific community. In particular, the GUC will beta test the proposal preparation tools and the data analysis system. The GUC's meetings' agenda and minutes are presented at http://fermi.gsfc.nasa.gov/ssc/resources/guc/

Oct 5, 2005

In A Flash Nasa Helps Solve 35-Year-Old Cosmic Mystery

Scientists have solved the 35-year-old mystery of the origin of powerful, split-second flashes of light known as short gamma-ray bursts. These flashes, brighter than a billion suns, yet lasting only a few milliseconds, have been simply too fast to catch -- until now.
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Sept 12, 2005

Most Distant Explosion Detected, Smashes Previous Record

Scientists using NASA's Swift satellite and several ground-based telescopes have detected the most distant explosion yet, a gamma-ray burst from the edge of the visible universe.
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Aug 18, 2005

NASA's Swift Satellite Finds Newborn Black Holes

Scientists using NASA's Swift satellite say they have found newborn black holes, just seconds old, in a confused state of existence. The holes are consuming material falling into them while somehow propelling other material away at great speeds.
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May 11, 2005

NASA Scientists Catch Unique Gamma-ray Burst

NASA scientists have, for the first time, detected and pinned down the location of a short gamma-ray burst, lasting only 50 milliseconds.
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Mar 25, 2005

New Image of Earth, Seen Through Gamma-ray Eyes

A NASA-funded scientist has produced a new type of picture of the Earth from space, which complements the familiar image of our "blue marble". This new picture is the first detailed image of our planet radiating gamma rays, a type of light that is millions to billions of times more energetic than visible light.
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Mar 23, 2005

Launch in August 2007

As a consequence of a re-baseline of the mission, the GLAST launch will now be August 2007.

Feb. 18, 2005

NASA Observes One Of Brightest Cosmic Explosions

Scientists detected a flash of light from across the Galaxy so powerful; it bounced off the moon and lit up the Earth's upper atmosphere. The flash was brighter than anything ever detected from beyond our Solar System, and it lasted over a tenth of a second.
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Jan 5, 2005

NASA Swift Mission Turns On And Sees A Blast Of Bursts

The NASA-led Swift mission opened its doors to a flurry of gamma ray burst action. Scientists were still calibrating the main instrument, the Burst Alert Telescope (BAT), when the first burst appeared on December 17. Three bursts on December 19, and one on December 20, followed.
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