Short gamma-ray bursts throughout the Universe

An artist’s impression of how GRB11823B compares to other short gamma-ray bursts. It is the second most distant short gamma-ray burst to ever be detected, and the most distant to have its optical afterglow captured — thanks to the quick response time of the Gemini North telescope. Except when they are detected by gravitational wave observatories, the gamma-ray bursts can only be detected from Earth when their jets of energy are pointed towards us.

Credit:

International Gemini Observatory/NOIRLab/NSF/AURA/J. Pollard/K. Paterson & W. Fong (Northwestern University)
Image processing: Travis Rector (University of Alaska Anchorage), Mahdi Zamani & Davide de Martin

 

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Id:noirlab2017b
Type:Artwork
Release date:July 14, 2020, 8:17 a.m.
Related releases:noirlab2017
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