Naked-eye Gamma Ray Burst

A powerful gamma ray burst detected March 19th, 2008 by NASA’s Swift satellite has shattered the record for the most distant object that could be seen with the naked eye.

A powerful gamma ray burst detected March 19th, 2008 by NASA’s Swift satellite has shattered the record for the most distant object that could be seen with the naked eye.Swift’s Burst Alert Telescope picked up the burst at 2:12 a.m. EDT Gamma Ray Burst on March 19, 2008, and pinpointed the coordinates in the constellation Bootes.

Telescopes in space and on the ground quickly moved to observe the afterglow. The burst was named GRB 080319B and registered between 5 and 6 on the visual magnitude scale used by astronomers.the Very Large Telescope in Chile and the Hobby-Eberly Telescope in Texas measured the burst’s redshift at 0.94.

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