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NASA chooses names for 21 new constellations

NASA has named 21 new unofficial constellations. The discovery of new constellations was made using NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope,…

NASA has named 21 new unofficial constellations. The discovery of new constellations was made using NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, and most of these are named after signs from modern myths such as Hulk, Godzilla and TARDIS from Doctor Who. The brand new set of constellations was created to celebrate the 10th year of the Femi Telescope’s operations.

“Developing these unofficial constellations was a fun way to highlight a decade of Fermis achievements,” said Julie McEnery, Fermi Project Researcher at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. “In one way or another, all gamma ray constellations have a connection to Fermi science.”

The Fermi’s Large Area Telescope (LAT) scans the entire sky every three hours. Since July 2008, it has observed thousands of Gamma rays can come from black holes, neutron stars and other exotic cosmic objects in the universe, but this light is invisible to human eyes. During ten years of observation, Fermi has appointed many scientific discoveries related to gamma rays and revolutionized our understanding of the phenomenon.

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5, the number of Fermis LAT had expanded to about 3000-10 times the number known prior to the mission,” said Elizabeth Ferrara, who led the constellation project. “For the first time ever, the number of known gamma ray sources was comparable to the number of bright stars, so we thought a new set of constellations was a great way to illustrate the point. ”

Constellations are basically forms made by groups of stars. There are currently 88 official constellations and the original set of constellations is recognized by the International Astronomical Union (IAU). Most of the original constellations are attributed to ancient Greek. The new 21 gamma ray constellations not only based on modern fictional characters but also famous landmarks such as Sweden’s restored warships, Vaasa, Washington Monument and Mount Fuji in Japan.

Fermi’s sharper vision still detects more gamma-burst bursts than any other mission and continues to build a clearer picture of the gamma ray sky.

“Fermi remains strong, and we are now preparing a new LAT catalog all over the sky,” said Jean Ballet, a Fermi team member at the French nuclear energy commission in Saclay. “This will add about 2000 sources , many varied strong in brightness, further enriches des said constellations and experience high energy heaven! “

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