The Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology, or KIPAC, was inaugurated in 2003 as an independent laboratory of Stanford University to serve as a bridge between the disciplines of astrophysics, cosmology and particle physics. KIPAC's members work in the Physics and Applied Physics Departments on the Stanford campus and at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. Its mission is to bring the resources of modern computational, experimental, observational and theoretical science to bear on our understanding of the universe at large.

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Jun 18, 2018 | KIPAC (and friends) react: The Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope at 10

On June 11, 2008, the Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope (GLAST) lifted off aboard the last Delta II Heavy Launch Vehicle from Cape Canaveral, FL and reached low-Earth orbit shortly thereafter. In the 10 years and one name change since that that day, what is now the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has found hundreds of distant pulsars, watched gamma ray flashes in terrestrial lightning, studied our own sun as a gamma-ray source, helped identify giant bubbles billowing out from the core of the Milky Way, discovered that the neutron star at the heart of the Crab Nebula isn’t as calm as scientists used to think, and helped confirm the origin of some cosmic rays. The discoveries haven’t stopped, either—August 17, 2017, nine years to the month after the start of science operations, Fermi saw the gamma-ray flash of two neutron stars colliding, 1.7 seconds the gravitational waves generated by this event rolled through the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO). Along with discoveries, Fermi is making memories—some scientific, and some of a more personal nature. KIPAC members and some of their Fermi collaborators have had a big part in both, and came together to…

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