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written by Neil Gehrels
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Learn about a 35-year-old mystery--the origin of gamma ray bursts--and how the solution involves some of the most exotic objects in the universe. You'll see how neutron stars and black holes interact to produce these bursts.
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Astronomy Center This resource was featured by the Astronomy Center collection from November 21, 2004 until January 28, 2005. View the feature here!

Access Rights: Free access
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Keywords: Gamma-Ray Burst, Observatory
Record Creator: Metadata instance created November 20, 2004 by Marc Gagne
Record Updated: Sep 24, 2021 by Lyle Barbato
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October 2, 2008
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NASA's Swift Mission (Editor: NASA)
Date: 04/02/2006
Date Description: Swift

The NASA site is a comprehensive presentation of the Swift mission to detect gamma ray bursts, including the timeline, the spacecraft and instrumentation, the science team, background information, and more. Six different "NASA Direct" web videos show the launch and present the science.

Gamma ray bursts are associated with black holes and tremendous energy output. In a striking pair of images on the Swift homepage, a faint galaxy in one image is overwhelmed in the second by light from a tremendous explosion within it. The site explains that this burst might have been caused by a massive star collapsing into a black hole and then exploding, and the early warning of the burst could enable astronomers to observe a supernova explosion from start to finish. Unfortunately this story is still a cliff-hanger, because no follow-up information has been posted on this NASA site since the burst was reported on 2/23/06.

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Gehrels, Neil. NASA: Swift Mission. Greenbelt: Goddard Space Flight Center, October 2, 2008. (accessed 21 April 2024).
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