Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Gammaray Sky animation (what GLAST will see)

  1. May 31, 2006 #1

    marcus

    User Avatar
    Science Advisor
    Gold Member
    2015 Award
    Dearly Missed

    http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap060531.html

    GLAST means "gammaray large area space telescope"
    http://glast.gsfc.nasa.gov/public/
    and it is scheduled to fly in 2007

    this is a 55 frame animation of the full sky
    you can see the Milkyway snaking across, roughly east-west.

    there are some little flashes which I guess could be gammaray bursts, or solar flares if they make gamma. I don't know much about it but I am glad to see it.

    GLAST holds a lot of hope and also risk for Quantum Gravity researchers because it has the ability to put QG theories on trial and show that certain ones fail (because they predict wrong) and certain ones survive the test (and can proceed to still further tests)

    Even though this animation of the full sky at gamma wavelengths is no big deal, I am still happy to see it because it represents news about GLAST and suggests that this space observatory is on schedule and will be ready for launch as planned. This is good news for the QG community because without testing, without some way to falsify theories, you dont really have science.
     
  2. jcsd
Know someone interested in this topic? Share this thread via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook

Can you help with the solution or looking for help too?
Draft saved Draft deleted