NASA scientists have named 21 gamma ray constellations after fictional characters, PTI has reported. These constellations were devised to celebrate the completion of 10 years of operations of the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope. Little Prince, the time-warping TARDIS from ‘Doctor Who,’ Godzilla and Hulk are some of the constellations devised by NASA.
“Developing these unofficial constellations was a fun way to highlight a decade of Fermi’s accomplishments,” Fermi project scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Julie McEnery remarked on the new Gamma Ray Constellations.
“Since July 2008, Fermi’s Large Area Telescope (LAT) has been scanning the entire sky each day, mapping and measuring sources of gamma rays, the highest-energy light in the universe. The emission may come from pulsars, nova outbursts, the debris of supernova explosions and giant gamma-ray bubbles located in our own galaxy, or supermassive black holes and gamma-ray bursts — the most powerful explosions in the cosmos — in others”, NASA said in a statement on its website.
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