NASA's Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope (GLAST) will scan the sky for high-energy photons.


We are excited to announce a special opportunity for readers. On Thursday, May 8th, at 1:00 p.m. EDT, key members of the Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope (GLAST) team will be available live to answer your questions about NASA's next space-based observatory, set to launch in just a few short weeks.

GLAST is a specially tuned instrument designed to explore the most extreme environments in the universe — the places where nature harnesses energies far beyond anything on Earth. Its many goals include the search for dark matter and the quest to understand how black holes accelerate jets of material to nearly the speed of light. GLAST aims to help crack the mysteries of gamma-ray bursts and it will answer long-standing questions across a broad range of fields, including solar flares, pulsars, and the origin of cosmic rays.

In this live question-and-answer session, GLAST project scientist Steve Ritz and GLAST deputy project scientist Dave Thompson will answer your questions about the mission, high-energy astrophysics, and much more — all in real-time.

To learn more about GLAST, be sure to read the June 2008 issue of Sky & Telescope magazine.

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