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Fermi and Swift observe record-setting gamma ray burst

symbolset (646467) writes | about a year ago

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symbolset (646467) writes "Phys.org shares a visual image of a "shockingly bright" gamma ray burst observed April 27th, labelled GRB 130427A and subsequently observed by ground optical and radio telescopes. One gamma ray photon from the event measured 94 billion electron volts — three times the previous record. The burst lasted four hours and was observable for most of a day — another record. Typical duration of a gamma ray burst is from 10 milliseconds to a few minutes.

Astronomers will now train optical telescopes on the spot searching for the supernova expected to have caused it — typically one is observed some few days after the burst. They expect to find one by the middle of May. The event occurred about 3.6 billion lightyears distant which is fairly close as gamma ray bursts go.

Click on the GIF to view the actual burst."

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