HOW FAR AWAY ARE GAMMA-RAY BURSTERS?

@article{Paczyski1992HOWFA,
  title={HOW FAR AWAY ARE GAMMA-RAY BURSTERS?},
  author={Bohdan Paczyński},
  journal={Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific},
  year={1992},
  volume={107},
  pages={1167}
}
  • B. Paczyński
  • Published 1992
  • Physics
  • Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific
The positions of over 1000 gamma-ray bursts detected with the BATSE experiment on board of the Compton Gamma Ray Observatory are uniformly and randomly distributed in the sky, with no significant concentration to the galactic plane or to the galactic center. The strong gamma-ray bursts have an intensity distribution consistent with a number density independent of distance in Euclidean space. Weak gamma-ray bursts are relatively rare, indicating that either their number density is reduced at… Expand

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An experiment 10 times more sensitive than BATSE will determine the distance scale by comparing the number of the weakest bursts towards M31 with the number in any other direction
  • An experiment 10 times more sensitive than BATSE will determine the distance scale by comparing the number of the weakest bursts towards M31 with the number in any other direction
It is also a great pleasure to acknowledge the warm hospitality by Miyama during my visit to Japan, where this paper was written. This work was supported with NASA grants NAG5-1901 and GRO
  • It is also a great pleasure to acknowledge the warm hospitality by Miyama during my visit to Japan, where this paper was written. This work was supported with NASA grants NAG5-1901 and GRO
This preprint was prepared with the AAS L A T E X macros v3
  • This preprint was prepared with the AAS L A T E X macros v3
We do not have proof that the bursters are at cosmological distance
  • We do not have proof that the bursters are at cosmological distance
We do not know what gamma-ray bursters are or what makes them burst
  • We do not know what gamma-ray bursters are or what makes them burst
We have no evidence against a cosmological distance scale
  • We have no evidence against a cosmological distance scale
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