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This is an example of our GRB map which contains all GRBs discovered from Swift and other GRB satellites. The real map along with information about each GRB can be found on our GRB website
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Artist conception of the December 27, 2004 gamma ray flare expanding from SGR 1806-20 and impacting Earthís atmosphere. more..
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An artist conception of the SGR 1806-20 magnetar including magnetic field lines. After the initial flash, smaller pulsations in the data suggest hot spots on the rotating magnetarís surface. The data also show no change in the magentarís rotation after the initial flash. more..
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Radio data show a very active area around SGR1806-20. The Very Large Array radio telescope observed ejected material from this magnetar as it flew out into interstellar space. These observations in the radio wavelength start about 7 days after the flare and continue for 20 days. They show SGR1806-20 dimming in the radio spectrum. more..
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SGR-1806 is an ultra-magnetic neutron star, called a magnetar, located about 50,000 light years away from Earth in the constellation Sagittarius. more..
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Swift is a first-of-its-kind multi-wavelength observatory dedicated to the study of gamma ray burst (GRB) science. Its three instruments will work together to observe GRBs and afterglows in the gamma ray, X-ray, ultraviolet, and optical wavebands. Swift is designed to solve the 35-year-old mystery of the origin of gamma-ray bursts. Scientists believe GRBs are the birth cries of black holes. more..
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NASA's Swift satellite was successfully launched Saturday, November 20, 2004 from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. more..
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SGR 1806-20 is a "magnetar": a rapidly spinning neutron star that not only has an incredible density, trillions of times greater than than ordinary matter, but an incredibly strong magnetic field. more..
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The collapse of the core of a massive star to form a black hole is one of the possible causes of a GRB. more..
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...When the shock encounters the material in the star's outer layers, they are heated and propelled into space producing the brilliant display of light called a supernova." more..
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Another idea for the origin of a GRB is called the Binary Merger Theory. more..
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Gamma-ray burst hunters are greatly aided by three new developments: fast detection from orbiting detectors; fast relays to observers worldwide via the Gamma-Ray Burst Coordinates Network (GCN); and also direct contacts with robotic telescopes on the ground and in space which react immediately. more..
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