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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

NASA's Fermi to Reveal New Findings About Pulsars

Trent J. Perrotto
Headquarters, Washington                                        

WASHINGTON -- NASA will hold a media teleconference at 2 p.m. EDT on Thursday, Nov. 3, to discuss new discoveries about pulsars by the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope.

A pulsar is the closest thing to a black hole astronomers can observe directly. Pulsars are capable of crushing half a million times more mass than Earth into a sphere no larger than a city. Some of these objects spin tens of thousands of revolutions per minute, faster than the blades of a kitchen blender.

Participants are:

- Paulo Freire, astrophysicist, Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn, Germany
- Pablo Saz Parkinson, astrophysicist, University of California at Santa Cruz
- Bruce Allen, director, Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Hannover, Germany
- Victoria Kaspi, physics professor, McGill University in Montreal

For dial-in information, media representatives 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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