Most extreme gamma-ray blast yet

As my blog’s readers know, I follow as far as I can space missions that can have a deep impact on our knowledge of universe. Most of them are from NASA. One of these missions is Fermi-GLAST that has produced a beautiful result quite recently.  glastIt has seen the greatest gamma-ray burst ever (see here). The paper with the results is appeared on Science (see here). The burst was seen in Carina constellation.  These explosions are the most energetic processes in the universe and were uncovered by chance with military satellites named Vela used to find nuclear explosions in the atmosphere in the sixties of the last century. Understanding gamma-ray bursts implies a deeper understanding of stellar explosions.

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One Response to Most extreme gamma-ray blast yet

  1. Kea says:

    Ah, Hah!! Thanks!

    Coupled with the Fermi measurements, the distance also helps astronomers determine the slowest speeds possible for material emitting the prompt gamma rays. Within the jet of this burst, gas bullets must have moved at 99.9999 percent the speed of light. This burst’s tremendous power and speed make it the most extreme recorded to date.

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