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={J. Bloom and D. Perley and W. Li and N. Butler and A. Miller and D. Kocevski and D. Kann and R. Foley and H. Chen and A. Filippenko and D. Starr and B. Macomber and J. Prochaska and R. Chornock and D. Poznanski and S. Klose and M. Skrutskie and S. Lopez and P. Hall and K. Glazebrook and C. Ucb and S. Fellow and Tautenburg and U. Chicago and Lcogt and U. Observatory and U. Virginia and U. D. Chile and Toronto and S. U. Technology and Harvard-CfA},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal},
  year={2009},
  volume={691},
  pages={723-737}
}
  • J. Bloom, D. Perley, +28 authors Harvard-CfA
  • Published 2009
  • Physics
  • The Astrophysical Journal
  • 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… CONTINUE READING
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