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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

NASA's Fermi Finds Giant, Previously Unseen Structure In Our Galaxy

Trent Perrotto
Headquarters, Washington     
WASHINGTON -- NASA will hold a media teleconference at on Tuesday, Nov. 9, to discuss a new discovery by the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope. Gamma rays are the highest-energy form of light. The soon-to-be published findings include the discovery of enormous but previously unrecognized "gamma-ray bubbles" centered in the Milky Way.

Teleconference panelists are:
- Jon Morse, director, Astrophysics Division, NASA Headquarters in Washington
- Julie McEnery, Fermi project scientist, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.
- Doug Finkbeiner, associate professor of astronomy, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Mass.
- Simona Murgia, Fermi research associate, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park, Calif.
- David Spergel, astrophysicist, Princeton University, Princeton, N.J.

For dial-in information, journalists should e-mail their name, media affiliation and telephone number to Trent Perrotto at

Audio of the teleconference will be streamed live on NASA's website at

For more information about NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, visit

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