OBSERVATIONS OF THE NAKED-EYE GRB 080319B: IMPLICATIONS OF NATURE'S BRIGHTEST EXPLOSION

@article{Bloom2009OBSERVATIONSOT,
  title={OBSERVATIONS OF THE NAKED-EYE GRB 080319B: IMPLICATIONS OF NATURE'S BRIGHTEST EXPLOSION},
  author={Joshua S. Bloom and Daniel A. Perley and W. D. Li and N. R. Butler and A. A. Miller and D. Kocevski and David Alexander Kann and Ryan J. Foley and H.-W. Chen and Alexei V. Filippenko and Dan L. Starr and Bennie E. Macomber and Jason Xavier Prochaska and Ryan Chornock and Dovi Poznanski and S. Klose and Michael F. Skrutskie and Silvia Goy Lopez and Patrick B. Hall and Karl Glazebrook and Cnrs Ucb and Sloan Fellow and Tautenburg and University of Chicago and Lcogt and UCOLick Observatory and University of Virginia and Universidad Catolica de Chile and Toronto and Swinburne University of Technology and HarvardCfA},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal},
  year={2009},
  volume={691},
  pages={723-737}
}
The first gamma-ray burst (GRB) confirmed to be bright enough to be seen with the naked eye, GRB 080319B at redshift z = 0.937, allowed for exquisite follow-up observations across the electromagnetic spectrum. We present our detailed optical and infrared (IR) observations of the afterglow, consisting of over 5000 images starting 51 s after the GRB trigger, in concert with our own analysis of the Swift UVOT, Burst Alert Telescope (BAT), and XRT data. The event is extreme not only in observed… 
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