September 18, 1997
more news on gamma-ray bursts
While most of the data on gamma ray bursts have come from the Burst and Transient Source Experiment aboard the Compton Gamma Ray Observatory, it is important to remember that many of the important discoveries are coming from instruments on other spacecraft.
September 11, 1997
"Gamma ray burster" might not be as appealing a name as "black hole" in cocktail conversations, but it's a far more mysterious and elusive cosmic character that you can call FRED.
FRED means fast rise, exponential decay. Suddenly the burst is there, shining 10 million times brighter than our galaxy. Next it fades away - rapidly, then slowly - over the course of several dozen or hundred seconds.