1. The Best and Biggest Look at the Gamma-ray Sky (So Far)
- Title: Fermi Large Area Telescope Second Source Catalog
- Authors: P. Nolan, A. Abdo, M. Ackermann, et al.
- First Author’s Institution: W. W. Hansen Experimental Physics Laboratory, Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology, Stanford
Why it is important: We have known for a long time now what the sky looks like in visible, infrared, and even X-ray light. Now, with the sensitivity and resolution of Fermi and other gamma ray telescopes, we are finally catching up at the highest energy regimes.
There you have it! The top 12 papers from last year (so far). What have we learned? Well, besides the fact that the subjects of these papers (much like the composition of our universe) are mostly dark matter or dark energy, we can see that our understanding of the universe we live in is constantly changing. Better views and models are constantly coming around so quickly that even here at Astrobites, it is hard to keep up with it all! Here’s to another year of the new viewpoints that keep science fun.