Lectures

Recycle Your Used Pulsars: Explaining the Extra Gamma-Radiation from the Central Milky Way

Tue 4 Jun 2019
Location:

Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)
3700 San Martin Drive
Baltimore, MD 21218

Time:

8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Contact Information:

Have questions? Please contact Tracy Lamb.

Description:

Speaker: Christopher Britt (Space Telescope Science Institute)

Gamma rays, the highest energy light in the electromagnetic spectrum, generally arise from extreme events. For over a decade, NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has mapped these energetic cosmic emissions and helped characterize their sources. A particular conundrum is found in the center of our Milky Way galaxy, which emits significantly more gamma-ray light than can be easily explained. Join us to probe the possible origins of this mysterious gamma radiation, from dark matter to ancient remnants of old dead stars, and explore a method to potentially solve this powerful puzzle.

Host: Dr. Frank Summers (Space Telescope Science Institute)

Recorded live on Tuesday, June 4, 2019, at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A.

 

Notes:

Lectures on a diverse selection of cosmic topics are held the first Tuesday of every month in the STScI John N. Bahcall Auditorium. Admission is free and free parking is available in the lot across the street. Find information related to driving directions and relevant transportation resources on our Getting Here page. Further information and directions are available by calling 410-338-4700.

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