Gamma-Ray Astrophysic: A New Look at the Universe

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Science  01 Dec 1978:
Vol. 202, Issue 4371, pp. 933-938
DOI: 10.1126/science.202.4371.933


Progress in γ-ray astronomy has been very encouraging in recent years. These observations provide the most direct means of studying the largest transfer of energy occurring in astrophysical processes: the dynamic effects of the energetic charged cosmic-ray particles, element synthesis, and particle acceleration. Gammaray astronomical observations also find important application in studies of the development of the planets from the primitive solar nebula and of the nature of high-energy processes in the sun's atmosphere and their relation to the basic problems of solar activity.

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