GRB 030329

GRB 030330

Image left is a survey photo taken at Mt. Palomar ca. 1980. Image right is the same area taken at Stony Ridge Observatory on March 30, 2003. The "new" star arrowed became visible only19 hours before this SRO image was taken. This stellar event, called a Gamma Ray Burster, is a remarkable and rare occurrance whereby the inner core of a supermassive star collapses to form a black hole. The remaining outer shell of the star falls into the black hole destroying the star and forming jets of very high energy which broadcasts throughout the universe. This whole process can occur within in a few seconds. In that time the energy released in the implosion outshines all other objects in the cosmos. As a result of astronomers' studies of this event, the association of supernovae to GRB's was established. The burst was located at a sky position of R.A. = 10h 44m 49.95957s, Dec. = +21° 31′ 17.4375″ and had a redshift of z = 0.1685, corresponding to a distance of 587 Mpc.[7] or 1.9 billion light-years.

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