Gamma-Ray Astronomy

The study of the most energetic wavelength, or frequency, of electromagnetic radiation. Gamma-rays have wavelengths smaller than 10^-11 meters and frequencies greater than 10^20 Hz. They can be quite harmful to life because they are strong enough to ionize atoms and thus destroy cells. Fortunately, Earth's atmosphere shields us from most astronomical gamma-ray radiation.

Featured Images

Artist's concept of Fermi bubbles
Blowing Bubbles Monday, July 20, 2015
X-ray view of a gamma-ray burst
Zapping Earth Tuesday, March 26, 2013
HESS telescopes in Namibia, which study the gamma-ray universe
Extreme Telescope Thursday, November 8, 2012

Radio Programs

Fermi Bubbles Blowing bubbles in the Milky Way Monday, July 20, 2015
African Astronomy III Blue flashes from the distant universe Friday, March 27, 2015
WIMP-y Glow Bright evidence of dark matter Wednesday, July 30, 2014
VERITAS Sparks from extreme cosmic environments Friday, November 9, 2012
Namibian Astronomy II Strange eyes on the gamma-ray sky Thursday, November 8, 2012
Explorer 11 A first glimpse of the universe Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Compton Observatory One of the great ones Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Lightning Shows III Firing beams of antimatter Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Lightning Shows II Dangerous outbursts from big storms Tuesday, March 22, 2011

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