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Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope Reveals Sky Map and Top-ten Source List
FGST's New Gamma-Ray Catalog: Blazars and Pulsars and WIMPS, Oh My!
People: Steve Hauptman's Closeup

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Wednesday - March 11, 2009

Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope Reveals Sky Map and Top-ten Source List

The all-sky image released today shows how the sky looks at energies 150 million times greater than visible light. The image is the most detailed depiction of the gamma-ray cosmos to date. Full-size images and additional detail appear in NASA's feature, "Fermi's Best-Ever Look at the Gamma-Ray Sky." (Image courtesy of NASA. Click for full-size image.)

The Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, a joint mission of NASA, the U.S. Department of Energy, and international partners, today released a three-month sky-map of the gamma-ray sky and a list of the ten most interesting gamma-ray sources they have observed.

NASA's press release and top-ten list reveal a new perspective on the gamma-ray sky, highlighting interesting objects both within the galaxy and outside.  Read more in Symmetry Breaking...

FGST's New Gamma-Ray Catalog: Blazars and Pulsars and WIMPS, Oh My!

The Large Area Telescope team from the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope released a full list of 205 bright objects online February 9, from which the sky map and top-ten list released today were drawn. This catalog of the most vivid gamma-ray sources found in the mission's first three months will help researchers from other institutions plan projects using FGST data.

For the first year of observations, the LAT team has sole access to the telescope's data. This group includes a team at SLAC, which managed the development of the LAT and runs data processing and instrument operations. But in August 2009, all the data and analysis tools will go public. NASA offers funding for other teams to use this data, and accepted project proposals until March 6. FGST released the bright source list halfway through the first year to allow other researchers to craft informed proposals.  Read more...

Steve Hauptman. (Photo by Lauren Schenkman. Click for larger image.)

People: Steve Hauptman's Closeup

If Incident Investigation Program Manager Steve Hauptman's friendly face looks familiar, it might not just be from seeing him around SLAC. Over the past year, friends and co-workers have spotted Hauptman on the History Channel, Lifetime, AMC and CBS, in a minute-long commercial for a diabetes supply company.

"The experience was priceless," Hauptman said. "Seeing myself on TV was just the icing on the cake."

It all started a little over a year ago with a phone call from a market research company, asking whether Hauptman would be interested in answering a few questions in person about living with diabetes. He agreed, and when he arrived he was told the interview would be filmed.

"They had lights on, the camera rolling, makeup on me," Hauptman said. While he enjoyed the experience, he didn't expect it to lead anywhere. But within weeks the phone was ringing with a request to tape another conversation. Although Hauptman said he only did it for the laughs and the pocket money, it wasn't long before an advertising company was offering to fly him down to Los Angeles to shoot a national commercial. He was thrilled. Read more...

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