- the branch of astronomy that deals with the study of celestial objects by means of the gamma rays that come from them.
Origin of gamma-ray astronomy
First recorded in 1960–1965
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- the investigation of cosmic gamma rays, such as those from quasars
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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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