News tagged with gamma rays

NASA sees 'watershed' cosmic blast in unique detail

(Phys.org) —On April 27, a blast of light from a dying star in a distant galaxy became the focus of astronomers around the world. The explosion, known as a gamma-ray burst and designated GRB 130427A, tops ...

Nov 21, 2013
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It's like a party in the atmosphere

Ever attend a wild party with flashing lights and loud music that snowballs into a dazzling moment worth remembering? That's something like how scientists describe the chain reactions in our atmosphere that ...

Nov 07, 2013
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New survey tools unveil two celestial explosions

Developed to help scientists learn more about the complex nature of celestial objects in the universe, astronomical surveys have been cataloguing the night sky since the beginning of the 20th century. The ...

Oct 16, 2013
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Image: Spitzer at 10

The infrared observatory Spitzer has been at work for 10 years, revealing the cool dusty regions where stars and planets form, as well as shedding light on planets, exoplanets, stars and galaxies. Spitzer ...

Oct 01, 2013
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Dating our galaxy's dormant volcano

(Phys.org) —A dormant volcano—a supermassive black hole—lies at the heart of our galaxy. Fresh evidence suggests that it last erupted two million years ago.

Sep 23, 2013
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From graphite to water

Scientists from the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), in collaboration with researchers in Belgium and Italy, have published research that could help provide a primary standard for dose measurements of ...

Sep 17, 2013
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CSIRO telescope marks 25 years of success

One of the world's most successful astronomy observatories, CSIRO's Australia Telescope Compact Array near Narrabri, New South Wales (NSW), turns 25 years of age on 2 September.

Aug 26, 2013
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