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Asher Kelman
May 14th, 2011, 10:55 AM
Fermi's gamma ray pictures give an astonishing view of the cosmos!


The full sky is seen in the map from the Fermi telescope; gamma-ray sources abound along the galactic plane (central bar) but are scattered throughout the cosmos

"The Fermi space telescope has yielded the most detailed gamma ray map of the sky - representing the Universe's most violent and extreme processes. The telescope's newest results, as well as the map, were described at the Third Fermi Symposium in Rome this week. Gamma rays are the highest-energy light we know of, many millions of times more energetic than visible light.The Fermi collaboration will soon release a full catalogue of all the gamma ray sources discovered so far. The space telescope was launched in 2008, and the Rome meeting gathered together the hundreds of scientists who worked with the data it produces. Every three hours, the telescope gathers up a full scan of the sky, spitting out 40 million bits of information each second that it beams back to the Earth." Read more here ( http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-13377277) at the BBC News source.

Dr Klaus Schmitt
May 14th, 2011, 12:32 PM
Simply amazing! Thanks for sharing!

Asher Kelman
May 14th, 2011, 06:21 PM
Simply amazing! Thanks for sharing!

What's so amazing is the ability of researchers to use the observations of slow and extraordinarily massive and rapid gamma ray activity to test against all known and imagined concepts of matter, dark matter and anti-matter and theories that relate them. The brilliance in knowing that we only know a fraction of the rules that govern us allows us to find all the places where gaps exist between predictions and observations. One day, some folk are going to have Eureka moments as they realize another small chunk of secrets of what binds things together in such a ferocious way yet allows a small arrogant, self-important microscule part to believe it controls its own destiny.