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Jamie Kennea - Pennsylvania State University. University Park, PA, US

Jamie Kennea Jamie Kennea

SENIOR RESEARCH ASSOCIATE, Department of Astronomy and Physics | Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA, UNITED STATES

Astronomy expert and XRT instrument scientist

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Swift: A Decade of Game-Changing Astrophysics

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Areas of Expertise (10)

Gravity Physics NASA's Swift Ultraviolet/Optical Telescope NASA Astronomy Swift/Bat Exploration Tools XRT Instruments High-Energy Neutrinos Telescopes Physics and Astronomy

Education (2)

The University of Birmingham: PhD, Astrophysics 1999

The University of Birmingham: BSc, Physics & Astrophysics 1995

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Gastronomical science: Professional eaters hoping to watch a black hole consuming a gas cloud

International Science Times  

2014-03-03

"Astronomers around the world are eagerly awaiting the first sign that this interaction has begun," said Jamie Kennea, of Pennsylvania State University, in a NASA statement. Major League Eaters are eager, too, though Shea admitted that "it is important to remember that the mechanics of the black hole and the human esophagus are entirely different." No word on whether the professional eater known as Russ "The Black Hole" Keeler, who in September consumed 11 cannoli in five minutes, will be paying attention to the astronomical gas-eating contest...

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A cosmic feast! Milky Way’s mysterious black hole set to gobble up giant gas cloud

Daily Mail  

2014-01-14

‘Astronomers around the world are eagerly awaiting the first sign that this interaction has begun,’ said Jamie Kennea, a team member at Pennsylvania State University in University Park...

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Swift catches X-ray action at Milky Way's center

Phys.org  

2014-01-08

"Astronomers around the world are eagerly awaiting the first sign that this interaction has begun," said Jamie Kennea, a team member at Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Pa. "With the invaluable help of Swift, our monitoring program may well provide that indicator."...

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Cosmic glitch: Super-dense star is first ever found suddenly slowing its spin

Phys.org  

2013-05-28

The scientists detected the neutron star's abrupt slow-down with NASA's Swift observatory, a satellite with three telescopes whose science and flight operations are controlled by Penn State from the Mission Operations Center on the University Park campus. "Because Swift has the ability to regularly measure the spin of this unusual star, we have been able to observe its surprising evolution," said Penn State astronomer Jamie Kennea, a coauthor of the Nature paper. "This neutron star is doing something completely unexpected. Its speed of rotation has been dropping at an increasingly rapid rate ever since the initial sudden decrease in its spin."...

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One of Milky Way's most recent supernovas discovered

Daily Galaxy  

2013-03-16

"We don’t yet have enough information to determine what type of supernova this was and therefore what type of star exploded, but we’ve planned a further Chandra observation to improve the picture,” said coauthor Jamie Kennea, also a researcher at the Swift MOC. "We see no compelling evidence that the explosion formed a neutron star, and this is something we hope can be determined one way or the other by future work."...

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Articles (5)

Timing and flux evolution of the galactic center magnetar SGR J1745–2900 The Astrophysical Journal

2014

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The Swift/BAT hard X-ray transient monitor The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series

2013

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NuSTAR discovery of A 3.76 s transient magnetar near sagittarius A The Astrophysical Journal Letters

2013

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Swift J2058. 4+ 0516: Discovery of a possible second relativistic tidal disruption flare? The Astrophysical Journal

2012

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X-ray flare in XRF 050406: Evidence for prolonged engine activity Astronomy & Astrophysics

2006

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