NASA Fermi Detects High Energy Gamma-Rays from Exploding Novae

August 1, 2014 11:24 AM

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Using the Fermi satellite, astronomers have spotted high energy gamma rays shooting from an exploding star. The new findings actually overturn the long-held theory that classical nova explosions are not powerful enough to create this high-energy radiation.

In March 2010, researchers using the Large Area Telescope (LAT) onboard NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope satellite detected what appeared to be gamma rays coming from the nova, V407 Cyg. This nova was a sudden, short-lived increase in the brightness of a star and resulted from a runaway thermo...

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