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The Question

(Submitted September 14, 1997)

What does a Gamma-ray Astronomer do and what deals with Gamma-rays today?

The Answer

Gamma-ray astronomers study the universe as revealed by the most energetic portion of the electromagnetic spectrum. They study a variety of objects, including solar flares, neutron stars, black holes, active galaxies and gamma-ray bursts. You can learn lots about these objects via our Basic and Advanced areas on this web site.

Jim Lochner
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