Universe  ID: 12980

Swift Millionth Image Mosaic

The Ultraviolet/Optical Telescope (UVOT) aboard the Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory captured its millionth image on May 13, 2018. It took an image of an active galaxy called 2MASX J16110570+0234002, which scientists think exhibited some unusual behavior. A mosaic, created using images UVOT has taken since Swift launched in 2004, celebrates this major milestone for the mission.

UVOT monitors the optical and ultraviolet afterglow of gamma-ray bursts, the most powerful explosions in the universe. Swift’s two other instruments observe these bursts in X-rays and gamma rays. The explosions only last for a few seconds, but Swift can autonomously respond to a burst detection within two minutes and bring the event into view for follow-up observations.

Swift was renamed in January 2018 to honor the late Neil Gehrels, who served as the mission’s principle investigator.

Imagery for this mosaic came from here and here.
 

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Credits

Scott Wiessinger (USRA): Lead Producer
Sara Mitchell (University of Maryland College Park): Writer
Jeanette Kazmierczak (University of Maryland College Park): Science Writer
Brad Cenko (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Francis Reddy (University of Maryland College Park): Graphics
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Keywords:
SVS >> Galaxy
SVS >> UV
SVS >> X-ray
SVS >> Black Hole
SVS >> Astrophysics
SVS >> Space
SVS >> Swift
SVS >> Supernova
SVS >> Star
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