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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 trent.j.perrotto@nasa.gov.

Audio of the teleconference will be streamed live on NASA's website at http://www.nasa.gov/newsaudio.

For more information about NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, visit http://www.nasa.gov/fermi.

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