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The Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope: April 18 Lecture with NASA’s Dr. Julie McEnery

Blazars, pulsars, gamma-ray bursts, dark matter, behind-the-limb solar flares, black holes, micro black holes, Fermi bubbles, and antimatter!  The Science, Technology and Business Division’s NASA/Goddard lecture series begins its eleventh season with “The Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope:  Opening a Window on the Extreme Universe.”  Julie McEnery, Fermi Project Scientist and an astrophysicist in the Astroparticle Physics Laboratory at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, will take the audience on a journey of the energetic Universe from their seats in the Pickford Theater, James Madison Building, on Tuesday, April 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope (FGST), which launched in June 2008, has provided its team all kinds of marvelous discoveries, and major improvements to methods for processing the observations have yielded an expanded, higher-quality set of data that has allowed astronomers to develop the most detailed census of the sky ever made at extreme energies.  FGST is an international (France, Italy, Japan, Sweden, U.S.) multi-agency space observatory with two main instruments. The Large Area Telescope (LAT) is the primary instrument which surveys the entire sky every three hours, and the Gamma-ray Burst Monitor (GBM) is a complementary instrument which studies gamma-ray bursts. The development of the GBM and analysis of its observational data is a collaborative effort between the National Space Science and Technology Center in the U.S. and the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE) in Germany.  It can detect gamma-rays at both low and high energies.  The homepage for the Fermi mission is: https://fermi.gsfc.nasa.gov/

Gamma-rays are the highest-energy form of light, with a wavelength less than one tenth of a nanometer, and produced by the universe’s most energetic phenomena.  At least 12 of the sources on the new sky map produce gamma-rays with energies exceeding a trillion times the energy of visible light!

For inquiries about this program, contact Stephanie Marcus at 202-707-1192, or the division office at 202-707-1212.  Individuals requiring accommodations for this event are requested to contact 202-707-6362 or [email protected] .

The lecture will be later broadcast on the library’s webcast page and YouTube channel “Topics in Science” playlist.

Jonathan White Speaks on His Book “Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean” April 20th

In August of 1990 surfer, sailor and marine conservationist, Jonathan White, led a seminar aboard his small schooner, Crusader, sailing among the islands and natural wonders of the Alaskan Panhandle. Anchoring for the evening in Kalinin Bay, White, his crew and passengers went to bed, awakening to find that a nighttime gale had left them […]

To Finance the Great War

One of my favorite business titles in the Library’s collection is the Listing Statements of the New York Stock Exchange.   It yields a lot of really interesting information on stocks and bonds issued by companies.  It sometimes even includes company financial information, which can make it a great source for those doing company research. However, […]

What’s for Lunch: 2017 Earth and Space Science Talks at the Library of Congress, Sponsored by the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and the ST&B Division

Lecture series coordinators Sean Bryant and Stephanie Marcus, Science, Technology and Business Division, contributed to this blog post. Spring has arrived, and with that, we are getting ready to kick off our annual Earth and Space Science lecture series, now in its eleventh year.  The series is a partnership between the NASA Goddard Space Flight […]

Book Talk: Making Faces: The Evolutionary Origins of the Human Face by Adam Wilkins, Ph.D., on March 29th

This post was authored Tomoko Steen, Ph.D., Science Reference & Research Specialist in the Science, Technology, and Business Division of the Library of Congress, with contributions by Adam Wilkins, Ph.D. On Wednesday, March 29th, Dr. Adam Wilkins will discuss his new book, Making Faces: The Evolutionary Origins of the Human Face (2017, Harvard University Press). […]

An American in Orbit: The Story of John Glenn

This post was authored by Sean Bryant, Science Reference & Research Specialist in the Science, Technology, and Business Division of the Library of Congress. Fifty five years ago this week John Hershel Glenn Jr. rode an Atlas rocket into a cloudy February morning. In his Mercury space capsule Friendship 7, Glenn became the third person, […]

Launching a Data Revolution: Ilya Zaslavsky, Ph.D., Speaking on February 23

This post was authored by Tomoko Steen, Ph.D., Science Research Specialist in the Science, Technology, and Business Division of the Library of Congress. On Thursday, February 23, 2017, Dr. Ilya Zaslavsky will be speaking at the Library of Congress about online systems for visual analysis, sharing of surveys and image collections, and applications for analyzing […]

Broccoli, Opossum, and Gingerbread: Presidential Food

Today’s post is written by science librarian and culinary specialist Alison Kelly. She has provided her expertise in a number of Inside Adams blog posts related to food history and cooking such as Early American Beer, and Early Mixology Books. Abraham Lincoln liked gingerbread cookies, William Howard Taft enjoyed roast opossum, and Ronald Reagan always […]