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Swift Launches

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#57242 by @ 23.11.2004 00:00 - nach oben -
Swift Launches

Where do
gamma ray bursts occur?

To help find out, NASA launched the
Swift satellite on Saturday, as
pictured above.

What Swift is designed to do better than any previous
satellite is to quickly locate these
enigmatic explosions
in both sky position and distance.

Once a gamma ray burst (GRB) is located,
Swift itself will rotate to face it head-on and
determine its distance directly.

Swift locations will be immediately beamed down to Earth-based telescopes operating around the world and
across the electromagnetic spectrum
that are just waiting for a place on the sky to point.

Subsequently collected GRB and
afterglow information will help
astronomers not only determine the nature of the initial explosions,
but also the nature of the expanding shockwaves.

Some Swift-located GRBs could turn out to be the
most distant transient events ever detected,
holding unique clues to the nature and rate of the very
first wave of star formation
in the early universe.

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#57243 by @ 23.11.2004 00:01 - nach oben -
#57274 by @ 23.11.2004 12:21 - nach oben -
haha dä cruiser teschtet mol für dä fritig ;)
#57278 by @ 23.11.2004 13:03 - nach oben -
jo isch nötig, bi dä erwartetä schlagchraft vom gegner mues mä geg alli mittel gwapnet si
#57287 by @ 23.11.2004 14:33 - nach oben -
hey jetz hesch min special-uftritt fuer de fritig verrote! jetz weiss de hans jo wa uf en zue chunt und cha sich vorbereite. aber wenn er wuesst, dass d'russe eri atomwaffe ufrueschtet fur de fritig... uiuiui
#110260 by @ 17.07.2009 16:21 - nach oben -
haha, um wa ischs echt do wieder gange? :)
#110262 by @ 18.07.2009 00:38 - nach oben -
daaaaaa, isch e gueti frog