The famous Crab Nebula supernova remnant has erupted in an enormous flare five times more powerful than any flare previously seen from the object. On April 12, NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope first detected the outburst, which lasted six days.
Members of four Kavli Insttutes have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences: Paul McEuen, Director, KIC; Boris Shraiman, permanent member, KITP; Michael Goldberg, member, KIBS; and X. Sunney Xie, participant in the KIBST.
The first 18 months of Fermi's Large Area Telescope (LAT) observations of the Sun have been combed through, and a research team reports that there are two distinct components of emission from the direction of the Sun.
A new discovery about the dynamic impact of individual energetic particles into a solid surface improves our ability to predict surface stability or instability of materials under irradiation over time.