Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics & Cosmology (KIPAC)

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January 14, 2014
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Scientists studying five years of data from the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope have found the first gamma-ray variable pulsar.
January 10, 2014
News Feature
The distant universe looks a little clearer, thanks to tens of thousands of citizen scientists who classified more than 6 million images over the past three days.
January 8, 2014
Using an entire galaxy as a lens to look at an object in the far distance, researchers are learning more about powerful jets emitted when matter f
December 19, 2013
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Editors of the journal Science, published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, have selected their annual Top 10 Science Breakthroughs of the Year. On the list: Work by SLAC researchers pinning down the origin of cosmic rays.
Image - Artist's illustration of a supernova, with a shockwave spreading out from it.
November 27, 2013
News Feature
SLAC's Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology (KIPAC) recently hosted many of the top scientists in the field to discuss the most important questions to confront in the coming decade.
KIPAC mosaic
November 25, 2013
In scientific circles, “mock” is not always a four-letter word. To test that they’re interpreting their massive amounts of data correctly, astrophysicists create even more data: “mock” data. And while that may be counterintuitive at first, it actually makes a surprising amount of sense.
November 4, 2013
Particle astrophysicists are helping illuminate the dark side of the universe for a new show at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.
October 30, 2013
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Traces of iron spread smoothly throughout a massive galaxy cluster tell the 10 billion-year-old story of exploding supernovae and fierce outbursts from supermassive black holes sowing heavy elements throughout the early cosmos.
Image: Illustration of some markers of the universe's turbulent youth, such as supernova explosions and active galactic nuclei (Akihiro Ikeshita).
September 3, 2013
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Word of the official beginning of the Dark Energy Survey (DES) starts a five-year clock on a meticulous mapping of one-eighth of the night sky by the Dark Energy Camera, mounted on the Victor M. Blanco Telescope at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory.
Photo - From left: Eduardo Rozo, Risa Wechsler and El...
August 22, 2013
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On June 11, 2008, what was then the Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope rode a Delta II rocket into low-Earth orbit. After two months of tests and checks and calibrations, on August 11, 2008, NASA declared GLAST open for business as astrophysics' premier eye on the gamma-ray sky. Five years, a name change, a near miss with a defunct Soviet spy satellite, and countless surprises later, the spacecraft now known as the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope is still going strong, with another five-year mission stretching ahead of it.
Photo - The Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope launches June 11, 2008