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  • Interview with Fermi Large Area Telescope Principal Investigator Peter Michelson
  • Peter MichelsonFermi Large Area Telescope Principal Investigator Peter Michelson is interviewed by former NASA Education Resource Director Phil Plait at the High-Energy Astrophysics Division (HEAD) meeting in October, 2006 in San Francisco, California.
    Topic: Building and organizing the Fermi team.
    Duration: 7:10

    WAV format (37MB)       MP3 format (6.7MB)


  • Pulsar Companion - Isolated pulsars gradually slow their spins, but the opposite happens if the pulsar is joined by a companion star as part of a binary system. Gas accreted from the star can force the pulsar to spin faster, resulting in rotation periods of just a few milliseconds. (17.2MB M1V, Credit: NASA/Dana Berry)
  • Gamma Rays in Pulsars - When it comes t o gamma-rays, pulsars are no longer lighthouses. This image illustrates an earlier idea in which gamma-rays (magenta) arose from the neutron star's magnetic poles, where the radio beam (not shown) originates. The new pulsars Fermi discovered show this cannot be the case. (5.8MB MOV, Credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab)
  • Pulsar Animation - A new class of gamma-ray-only pulsars shows that the gamma rays must form in a broader region than the lighthouse-like radio beam. In this illustration, the pulsar's radio beams (green) never intersect Earth, but its pulsed gamma rays (magenta) do. (3.4MB AVI, 1MB MOV, Credit: NASA/Fermi/Cruz deWilde)
  • SETI Presentation - Lynn Cominsky's Fermi presentation at the SETI Institute. (312MB MOV, Credit: SETI Institute)
  • Vela pulsar - This close-up shows the Vela pulsar, which beams radiation every 89 milliseconds as it spins. The pulses are shown slowed by 20 times. (5.4MB MOV, Credit: NASA/DOE/International LAT Team)
  • All Sky Map Movie -Astronomers wrapped the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope's first all-sky map over a sphere to produce this view of the gamma-ray universe. (12.6MB MPG, Credit: NASA/DOE/International LAT Team.
  • The Fermi Movie - a six minute video that explains the science objectives of the Fermi mission.
  • 360 View - A short animation of the Fermi satellite. (11MB MP4, Credit: NASA)
  • In Orbit - An animation of Fermi in orbit. (10MB MP4, Credit: NASA)
  • Gamma Creation - This animation shows a high-energy photon (blue coil) colliding with a free electron (red ball), which causes the release of a gamma-ray (purple flash). (4MB MP4, Credit: NASA)
  • Clean Room - Fermi in a clean room. (67MB MP4, Credit: NASA)
  • Fermi Launch - A very cool animation of Fermi launching in a rocket and then deploying once in orbit. (28MB MP4, Credit: NASA)
  • LAT - A close up animation of the large area telescope (LAT) at work. (19MB MP4, Credit: NASA)
  • It's a LAT! - The LAT being delivered and unpacked for testing. (45MB MP4, Credit: NASA)
  • LAT Testing - Movie of the LAT undergoing testing. (98MB, MP4, Credit: NASA)
  • Launch and Deploy - A more detailed animation of the deployment of the Fermi satellite. (34MB MP4, Credit: NASA)
  • Sky Map - This visualization shows a simulated sky map based on modeled Fermi data. (8MB MP4, Credit: NASA)
  • Fermi multimedia page @ NASA - Images, animations and video related to Fermi. Includes GLASTcast, a video blog for Fermi.
  • Terrestrial Gamma-ray Flashes Create Antimatter - TGFs produce high-energy electrons and positrons. Moving near the speed of light, these particles travel into space along Earth's magnetic field. (94MB MP4, Credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center)
  • Giant Structure in our Galaxy - Using data from NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, scientists have recently discovered a gigantic, mysterious structure in our galaxy. This feature looks like a pair of bubbles extending above and below our galaxy's center. Each lobe is 25,000 light-years tall and the whole structure may be only a few million years old. (18MB MOV, Credit: NASA/DOE/Fermi LAT/D. Finkbeiner et al.)
  • AGN Movie - Animated by Dana Berry, narrated by J. Robert Dobbson. Describes active galaxies and how we see gamma rays from blazars. (606MB MOV)
  • AGN Movie - Animated by Dana Berry, narrated by J. Robert Dobbson. Describes active galaxies and how we see gamma rays from blazars. (23MB F4V)

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