High School Students Will be Discovering the Mysteries of the Universe
On Wednesday, 5 April 2017, about 200 high school students from Italy and Slovenia will be discovering the mysteries of the universe and getting to know how contemporary astrophysics research works. This event is part of the international workshop called »Fermi Masterclass 2017«.
In Slovenia, the workshop will take place at the School of Science (University of Nova Gorica) in Ajdovščina (address: Vipavska 11c), where, starting from this year, there is a renewed (and revised) program in Physics and Astrophysics. At the same time, the workshop will also be conducted in Italy (at the universities in Bari, Perugia, Torino, and Trieste); it will be put together by the Italian National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN), in collaboration with the Italian National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF).
During the Masterclass, students will learn the basic concepts in gamma-ray astronomy and will get a chance to analyze Fermi LAT data first hand. The goal of the exercise will be to localize the flaring of a powerful gamma-ray source, a faraway black hole. The results will then be compared with those from from other astrophysics centers in Italy, who will perform a similar analysis in different time intervals and the light curve of this source will be drawn together.
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