[ gam-uh-rey ]
/ ˈgæm əˌreɪ /
the branch of astronomy that deals with the study of celestial objects by means of the gamma rays that come from them.
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Origin of gamma-ray astronomy
First recorded in 1960–1965
Words nearby gamma-ray astronomy
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British Dictionary definitions for gamma ray astronomy
the investigation of cosmic gamma rays, such as those from quasars
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Scientific definitions for gamma ray astronomy
gamma ray astronomy
The study of astronomical objects by analyzing the gamma rays they emit. Because gamma rays are subject to atmospheric interference that makes them difficult to observe using ground-based telescopes, high-altitude balloons and orbiting observatories are often used to detect them. Most gamma rays in the universe are produced by events such as supernovas and black holes.
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