Swift Detects its 500th Gamma Ray Burst

  • Released Monday, April 19, 2010
  • Updated Sunday, January 11, 2015 at 5:05PM
  • ID: 3702

This movie presents a frame for each Swift-detected gamma-ray burst.

The NASA Swift mission has detected 500 gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) to-date.

This movie is presented as an all-sky map in a Hammer projection (Wikipedia). Each burst lights on the appropriate date and then fades to a green dot to emphasize the random distribution of GRBs on the sky.

Another version of this visualization is available at Swift's 500 Gamma-ray Bursts.

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First frame of the movie, with no bursts plotted.

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This is the final image of the catalog, with all 500 bursts.


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NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio


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