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Astro-image of the Day: gamma-ray burst

NASA just released this little animation of the gamma-ray burst of March 19 - and it was visible to the naked eye - and the most-distant object so visible! If you had been observing the right place in the sky, you would have seen this:

Click the image to see the story.

Here's what it looked like in x-ray:

Click the image to see the story.

Here's a page with more info about the observation.

Notably, this was only one of four GR bursts detected by the Swift X-ray Telescope that day. Swift astronomer Judith Racusin said, "coincidentally, the passing of Arthur C. Clarke seems to have set the universe ablaze with gamma ray bursts."

Best,
Chris

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silverfae
Mar. 24th, 2008 09:09 pm (UTC)
ooh cool! They were sending him off with gamma ray salutes!
mckitterick
Mar. 24th, 2008 09:10 pm (UTC)
I know! He would have loved it.
silverfae
Mar. 24th, 2008 09:11 pm (UTC)
Wow, dude, you just got seriously spammed, eh?
mckitterick
Mar. 24th, 2008 09:12 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I fixed that. I'm assuming it's some ass-hat in the middle of a messy breakup. Or a stalker.

What's wrong with people?
kijjohnson
Mar. 24th, 2008 09:15 pm (UTC)
"Overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out."
mckitterick
Mar. 24th, 2008 09:17 pm (UTC)
Oh, man; that was one of my favorite stories ever.
steve98052
Mar. 25th, 2008 07:43 am (UTC)
Thank you for reminding me of that classic.
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