HEAD High Energy Astrophysics Division

HEADNEWS: THE ELECTRONIC NEWSLETTER OF THE HIGH ENERGY ASTROPHYSICS DIVISION OF THE AAS

Newsletter No. 99, December 2011



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4. HEAD in the News
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Megan Watzke, Press Officer

Since the writing of the last HEAD Newsletter, the missions in the high-energy realm have been active in garnering attention from the press and public. At the summer AAS meeting in Boston, a spectacular new view of the Carina Nebula from Chandra was unveiled. The HEAD meeting in Newport saw the well-deserved Schramm prize for excellence in journalism covering our field go to Dennis Overbye of the New York Times.

The press releases listed below are just a small sample of the large number of press and image releases issued by the HEAD missions in the past half-year. The topics represent the wide range of high-energy astrophysics - from planets to pulsars - that engage the general public. These releases, which also demonstrate how HEAD missions are used in conjunction with other space- and ground-based telescopes, resulted in significant press coverage both in traditional outlets as well as online outlets and social media.

November 30, 2011
"NASA's Swift Finds a Gamma-ray Burst with a Dual Personality"
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/swift/bursts/dual-burst.html

November 17, 2011
"NASA's Chandra Adds to Black Hole Birth Announcement"
http://www.chandra.harvard.edu/press/11_releases/press_111711.html

November 3, 2011
"NASA's Fermi Finds Youngest Millisecond Pulsar, 100 Pulsars to Date"
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/GLAST/news/young-pulsar.html

September 29, 2011
"ESA Spacecraft Reveal New Anatomy Around Black Hole"
http://www.esa.int/esaCP/SEMAQQ6UXSG_index_0.html

August 31, 2011
"NASA's Chandra Finds Nearest Pair of Black Holes"
http://www.chandra.harvard.edu/press/11_releases/press_083111.html

August 24, 2011
"Researchers Detail How a Distant Black Hole Devoured a Star"
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/swift/bursts/devoured-star.html

September 13, 2011
"Star Blasts Planet with X-rays"
http://www.chandra.harvard.edu/press/11_releases/press_091311.html

September 9, 2011
"Fermi's Latest Gamma-ray Census Highlights Cosmic Mysteries"
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/GLAST/news/gamma-ray-census.html

June 17, 2011
"NASA's Swift Sees Star Gobbled Up by Black Hole"
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/swift/bursts/draco-blasts.html

June 15, 2011
"NASA's Chandra Finds Massive Black Holes Common in Early Universe"
http://www.chandra.harvard.edu/press/11_releases/press_061511.html

May 24, 2011
"Nearby Supernova Factory Ramps Up"
http://www.chandra.harvard.edu/press/11_releases/press_052411.html

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