Mosaic of 2012
Credit: M. F. Corcoran; NASA; ESA

Endings and Beginnings

The year 2012 was notable for what it didn't bring - the end of the world. There was sufficient sadness, however. During this year we sadly said goodbye to Neil Armstrong. We also bid farewell to the Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer. But the year did bring a number of important advances to the world of high energy astrophysics: the launch of NuSTAR, which has given humanity a new vision of the Universe; an ever-growing number of gamma-ray sources, stretching from the earth's atmosphere to the edge of the Universe, studied with the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope; the discovery of the largest matter bridge in the Universe; and continuing, astonishing new studies with Chandra, XMM-Newton, Suzaku, Swift, INTEGRAL and other mighty space-based and balloon-borne observatories. A happy HEAPOW New Year, and stay tuned to be astonished in 2013.
Published: December 31, 2012

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