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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 […]

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). […]

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 […]

The Patient’s Role in Advancing Cancer Research and Participation in Clinical Trials: Panel Discussion on Cancer Moonshot, December 15th, 2016

This post was authored by Tomoko Steen, PhD, Science Research Specialist, in the Science, Technology, and Business Division of the Library of Congress The public is invited to a free panel discussion with representatives of the White House Moonshot Cancer Task Force and other organizations interested in cancer research on Thursday, December 15th regarding the […]

Revisiting the Apollo 17 Landing Site with the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter: December 6 Lecture with NASA Lunar Geologist Dr. Noah Petro

This post was authored by Stephanie Marcus, Science Reference Librarian in the Science, Technology, and Business Division. At 12:33 a.m. on December 7, 1972, Apollo 17 lifted off in the Florida night on a Saturn V rocket carrying Gene Cernan, Ron Evans, and Jack Schmitt on the final Apollo Moon mission.  On December 11, while […]

Disaster Management and Public Health: What can the US learn from the UN policies?: Lecture with Professor Virginia Murray, M.D., on November 16th

This post was authored by Dr. Tomoko Steen, Science Reference Librarian in the Science, Technology, and Business Division. On Wednesday, November 16, 2016, Professor Virginia Murray will be speaking at the Library of Congress about disaster risk reduction and management from a public health point of view. According to Professor Murray, the Sendai Framework for […]

Antibiotic Resistant Strains Outbreaks: Professor Lance B. Price, Ph.D., Speaking on October 25

This post was authored by Dr. Tomoko Steen, Science Reference Librarian in the Science, Technology, and Business Division. On Tuesday, October 25, 2016, Dr. Lance B. Price will be speaking at the Library of Congress about the science and politics behind the use of antibiotics in hospitals and in farming, a most timely topic. On […]

The Future of Planetary Surface Exploration: October 19th Lecture with NASA Research Scientist Kelsey Young, Ph.D.

Did you ever wonder what equipment a rock hound in space would bring along? On October 19, planetary geologist Dr. Kelsey Young will present “The Future of Planetary Surface Exploration,” where she will highlight the development of portable tools and technology that will accompany future astronauts. Dr. Young is a research scientist at NASA Goddard […]