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Naked-Eye Gamma-ray Burst Model for GRB 080319B

Gamma-ray bursts that are longer than two seconds are caused by the detonation of a rapidly rotating massive star at the end of its life on the main sequence. Jets of particles and gamma radiation are emitted in opposite directions from the stellar core as the star collapses. In this model, a narrow beam of gamma rays is emitted, followed by a wider beam of gamma rays. The narrow beam for GRB 080319B was aimed almost precisely at the Earth, which made it the brightest gamma-ray burst observed to date by NASA's Swift satellite.


Credits

Cruz deWilde (Avant Gravity): Lead Animator
Stefanie Misztal (UMBC): Producer
Steven Ritz (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Please give credit for this item to:
NASA/Swift/Cruz deWilde

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http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10369

Missions:
Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope
Swift

Data Used:
Fermi/LAT None
Swift None

This item is part of this series:
Astrophysics Animations

Keywords:
SVS >> Gamma Ray
SVS >> HDTV
SVS >> Gamma Ray Burst
SVS >> Astrophysics
SVS >> Universe
SVS >> Swift
SVS >> Gamma Ray Observatory
SVS >> Supernova
NASA Science >> Universe