Fermi Detects Gamma Rays from a Solar Flare

Sometimes, instruments that are not specifically designed to observe the Sun can see something from the Sun. This was the case with Fermi, a gamma ray telescope operated by NASA. Its primary mission is to study the most energetic features and events in the Universe, such as supermassive black holes and the merging of neutron stars. Sometimes, however, the Sun makes an appearance in Fermi data. The following GOES X-class flare on March 7th, 2012

was an intense source of gamma-rays. SDO-AIA is not designed to observe gamma-rays. However, Fermi saw the gamma rays from this event. For a great explanation of what Fermi saw from the Sun, check out the following video.

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  1. #1 by OtraLoly on July 5, 2012 - 2:44 pm

    I have a problem loading the videos

    301: Unable to load plugin: Unable to load plugin, url flowplayer.control.swf, name controls”

    Not load the player controls in flowplayer…..

  2. #2 by keith on July 5, 2012 - 3:59 pm

    How about now – do you still get an error?

    • #3 by OtraLoly on July 5, 2012 - 6:33 pm

      Thanks Keith !!

      …now it works fine !!

      • #4 by keith on July 5, 2012 - 6:35 pm

        Great. Thanks for pointing out the problem!

    • #5 by OtraLoly on July 9, 2012 - 4:57 pm

      Hi Keith,…

      Me again …

      What about images of Soho-Lasco ??


      • #6 by keith on July 9, 2012 - 6:40 pm

        Ah. thanks for pointing that out! We had an issue over the weekend, but it has been resolved now. LASCO images should be available.


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