Release Images

Release No.: 2020-11
For Release: Monday, June 1, 2020 - 3:00pm

Scientists Detect Crab Nebula Using Innovative Gamma-Ray Telescope, Proving Technology Viability

Histogram showing the detection of gamma-ray events from the Crab Nebula, with N OFF representing background and N ON representing a combination of signal and background.

Credit: CTA/SCT consortium

Animation showing 18 gamma-ray events from the Crab Nebula detected with the pSCT telescope.

Credit: CTA/SCT consortium

Guests of the pSCT inauguration in January 2019 gather in front of the telescope.

Credit: Deivid Ribeiro, Columbia University

Sky map recorded with the pSCT over a region centered on the Crab Nebula

Sky map recorded with the pSCT over a region centered on the Crab Nebula, detection of the Crab Nebula marked at center.

Credit: CTA/SCT consortium

pSCT at FLWO

Located at the Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory in Amado, AZ, the pSCT detected gamma-ray showers from the Crab Nebula in early 2020, proving the viability of the telescope design for gamma-ray astrophysics.

Credit: Amy C. Oliver, Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian