NASA Scientist to Discuss ‘NASA’s Fermi Opening a Window on the Extreme Universe’ at Library of Congress Lecture
Julie McEnery is the Fermi project scientist and an astrophysicist in the Astroparticle Physics Laboratory, Astrophysics Science Division of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Since 2009, she has also been an adjunct professor of physics at the University of Maryland’s College Park campus.
The Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, launched in June 2008, provides a dramatic new view of the celestial sky. Fermi has changed our picture of the extreme universe, revealing gigantic lobes of gamma rays in our own galaxy, uncovering scores of rapidly spinning super-dense stars shining only in gamma rays, observing flashes of gamma rays heralding the birth of black holes at the edge of our observable universe, and detecting antimatter from thunderstorms on Earth. Join us for a tour of the energetic universe!
Gamma rays are the highest-energy form of light, and the gamma-ray sky is spectacularly different from the one we perceive with our own eyes. Fermi enables scientists to answer persistent questions across a broad range of topics, including supermassive black-hole systems, pulsars, the origin of cosmic rays, and searches for signals of new physics.
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