NASA Swift satellite continues to reveal the secrets of gamma-ray bursts


23/02/2008

At the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Boston recently studied the new data obtained from the satellite Swift (NASA), as well as the results of a global network of ground-based telescopes. The data obtained will help to reveal the exciting scientific minds secrets related to the little-studied gamma bursts from time to time in the depths of space.

Gamma-radiation - a transient phenomena, lasting from a few milliseconds to a couple minutes. They give off so much energy for a few seconds that our Sun is able to work out for the entire life cycle of your desyatimilliardny. Gamma-ray bursts occur in different parts of the universe several times a day. Fortunately, such bursts of energy occur at a great distance from our solar system. According to the scientists, they are harbingers of black holes.

Satellite Swift Gamma Ray Burst Explorer is the mission of NASA, which also involved scientists from the UK and Italy. The satellite was specifically built to search for explanations of the mystery of gamma-ray bursts. It is able to instantly determine the current location of the radiation source and measure the emission of energy from the enormous fireball, which occurs in the first few seconds after gamma-radiation.

Scientists from the Center for the Study of Leicester space (Leicester’s Space Research Centre), which are part of an international group of scientists working with the satellite, have played an important role in the development of X-ray telescope, which has helped make the Swift satellite, many important discoveries.

Since its launch Swift found 292 gamma-ray bursts and identified 320 locations earlier outbreaks detected by other satellites. The name (Swift, Eng. - Fast, fast, fast-moving) satellite was extremely important for the unique ability to instantly respond to gamma-ray bursts, like Swift - a bird that knows how to grab their prey on the fly. Most popular news informers tell the main news of the day.

Original: Physorg.com


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