Fermi’s Large Area Telescope (LAT) of NASA has for the first time observed the highest-energy light on March 7 when a powerful solar blast occurred, reveals a recent report.
It has been unveiled that the solar flare was the strongest eruption to be observed by the Gamma-ray Space Telescope. The flare had an intensity of X5.4 as compared to peak intensity of its X-rays.
Solar flare is an explosion that releases light and charged particles, told scientists. It is being said that the outburst of gamma rays released by the eruption this time has made the sun the brightest object in the gamma-ray sky.
In the meantime, NASA officials have told that Gamma rays are a form of light that have more energy level than even X-rays.
Nicola Omodei, an astrophysicist at Stanford University in California, said, “For most of Fermi’s four years in orbit, its LAT saw the sun as a faint, steady gamma-ray source thanks to the impacts of high-speed particles called cosmic rays. Now we’re beginning to see what the sun itself can do”.
The report claims that the new discovery by Fermi has taken it to a new level of being a solar observatory. It would further help in understanding solar outbursts when sun would be in maximum period of activity.
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