News tagged with gamma radiation

Red Crucifix sighting in 774 may have been supernova

(Phys.org) -- A supernova may have actually been the mysterious "Red Crucifix" in the sky that is cited in the Anglo Saxon Chronicle for the year 774. New correspondence between a university student and Nature carries intere ...

Jun 30, 2012 weblog
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Very High Energy Gamma Rays

(PhysOrg.com) -- Gamma-rays are the most energetic known form of electromagnetic radiation, with each gamma ray being at least one hundred thousand times more energetic than an optical light photon. The most ...

Sep 25, 2009
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Blazars

(PhysOrg.com) -- A blazar is a galaxy which, like a quasar, has an intensely bright central nucleus containing a supermassive black hole. In a blazar, however, the emitted light sometimes includes extremely ...

Sep 06, 2011
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A new class of extragalactic objects

A blazar is a galaxy with an intensely bright central nucleus containing a supermassive black hole, much like a quasar. The difference is that a blazar can emit light with extremely high energy gamma rays ...

Oct 29, 2012
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A pulsar with a tremendous hiccup

(Phys.org) -- Pulsars are superlative cosmic beacons. These compact neutron stars rotate about their axes many times per second, emitting radio waves and gamma radiation into space.  Using ingenious data ...

Jul 24, 2012
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Heart of a galaxy emits gamma rays

(PhysOrg.com) -- Quite a few distant galaxies turn out to be cosmic delivery rooms. Large numbers of massive stars are born in the hearts of these starburst galaxies, and later explode as supernovae. In the ...

Oct 02, 2009
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