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Swift's 500 Gamma-ray Bursts

On April 13, 2010, NASA's Swift Gamma-ray Burst Explorer satellite discovered its 500th burst. Swift's main job is to quickly localize each gamma-ray burst (GRB), report its position so that others can immediately conduct follow-up observations, and then study the burst using its X-ray and Ultraviolet/Optical telescopes. The plots and videos below illustrate Swift's first 500 GRBs.

For more on the story, see the feature "NASA's Swift Catches 500th Gamma-ray Burst"

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/swift/bursts/500th.html.

This page has been updated with a new version of this animation highlighting Swift's detection of the most distant gamma-ray burst ever seen—13.14 billion light years.


For More Information

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/swift/bursts/500th.html

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/swift/bursts/swift-20110527.html


Credits

Scott Wiessinger (UMBC): Animator
Francis Reddy (SPSYS): Animator
Chris Meaney (HTSI): Animator
Scott Wiessinger (UMBC): Video Editor
Scott Wiessinger (UMBC): Producer
Francis Reddy (SPSYS): Writer
Please give credit for this page to NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center. However, each image should be credited as indicated above.

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Mission:
Swift

Data Used:
Swift

This item is part of this series:
Narrated Movies

Goddard TV Tape:
G2011-073 -- Swift 500th GRB and Farthest GRB

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