Gamma-Ray Bursts

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SRPD Gamma-ray Astrophysics

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MSFC Relativistic Astrophysics Multi-Messenger Astrophysics Community Tools and Support Motivation The Astro2020 Decadal Survey recommended, as its highest-priority sustaining activity,…

This artist’s concept shows the BurstCube satellite in orbit against a background of stars.

NASA’s Tiny BurstCube Mission Launches to Study Cosmic Blasts

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Editor’s note, April 18, 2024: BurstCube deployed into orbit from the space station April 18, 2024. It will begin a…

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How NASA Chases and Investigates Bright Cosmic Blips

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Stephen Lesage’s phone started vibrating just after halftime on Oct. 9, 2022, while he was watching a soccer game in…

Article3 months ago
The BurstCube satellite sits on a table with its solar panels extended.

NASA’s BurstCube Passes Milestones on Journey to Launch

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Scientists and engineers at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, have completed testing for BurstCube, a shoebox-sized spacecraft…

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Two neutron stars begin to merge in this artist’s concept, blasting jets of high-speed particles. Collision events like this one create short gamma-ray bursts. Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/ A. Simonnet, Sonoma State University

Gamma-ray Bursts: Harvesting Knowledge From the Universe’s Most Powerful Explosions

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The most powerful events in the known universe – gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) – are short-lived outbursts of the highest-energy light.…

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NASA’s Webb Makes First Detection of Heavy Element From Star Merger

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Webb’s study of the second-brightest gamma-ray burst ever seen reveals tellurium. A team of scientists has used multiple space and…

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