Nearby supernova to be subject of intense observation

Nearby supernova to be subject of intense observation

GREENBELT, Md., Jan. 27 (UPI) -- An exceptionally close stellar explosion has become the focus of observatories around the globe, including several NASA spacecraft, the space agency says.
Suddenly slowing spin of distant neutron star puzzles astronomers

Suddenly slowing spin of distant neutron star puzzles astronomers

GREENBELT, Md., May 29 (UPI) -- Astronomers say a NASA space telescope has observed a spinning neutron star suddenly slowing down, offering clues to understanding such extremely dense objects.

NASA satellite sees new black hole

GREENBELT, Md., Oct. 5 (UPI) -- NASA says its Swift satellite detected X-rays from close to the center of our Milky Way galaxy, evidence of a previously unknown stellar-mass black hole.

Swift sees farthest gamma-ray burst

WASHINGTON, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- The National Aeronautics and Space Administration says its Swift satellite has found the most distant gamma-ray burst ever detected.

'Whopper' gamma ray burst is observed

GREENBELT, Md., March 24 (UPI) -- A gamma ray burst of historic proportions has been observed by scientists working with the U.S. space agency's Swift satellite.

Scientists studying hybrid space explosion

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Scientists from the United States and elsewhere are studying a new kind of cosmic black hole explosion, trying to learn more about what material exploded.

Space instrument catches gamma-ray burst

GREENBELT, Md., Jan. 21 (UPI) -- NASA's Swift spacecraft has detected and photographed its first gamma-ray burst while still in its check-out phase, mission controllers reported Friday.

In the Stars: Searching for Armageddons

WASHINGTON, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- A series by UPI examining new theories and discoveries about the cosmos. This week: The universe was regarded even until the early 20th century as a stable and eternal place, but evidence collected in the intervening years shows it is anything but placid
PHIL BERARDELLI, Science & Technology Editor

Neil Gehrels is an astrophysicist specializing in the field of Gamma-ray astronomy. He graduated in 1976 with Bachelor's degrees in music and physics from the University of Arizona. He received his Ph.D. in physics in 1982 from the California Institute of Technology. He is married to Ellen Williams, who is a professor of physics at the University of Maryland. They have two children. Tommy (born, 1987) and Emily (born, 1990). His father is Tom Gehrels, also an astronomer.

Dr. Gehrels is currently the Chief of the Astroparticle Physics Laboratory at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. He is the Principal Investigator for the Swift Gamma-Ray Burst Mission. Other responsibilities include: Project Scientist for the Compton Observatory (1991-2000), Mission Scientist for Mission INTEGRAL Deputy Project Scientist for the Fermi mission and Project Scientist for JDEM. He is also an adjunct professor of astronomy at the University of Maryland and of astronomy and astrophysics at Penn State.

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