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NASA's Swift Observatory  (Source: NASA)
Gamma burst reported as most powerful on record.

NASA scientists have identified a violent cosmic eruption that temporarily blinded a NASA satellite in June.  An X-ray telescope that tracks gamma rays on board the NASA Swift satellite captured a record-breaking burst of rays that had left scientists mystified about its massive brightness and point of origin.  

At it's peak the gamma-ray explosion – documented as the most powerful emission on record -- produced between 143,000 and 145,000 X-ray protons per second, which is about 10 to 15 times brighter than previous bursts captured by the telescope.   

After weeks of analysis, researchers are now indicating that the astounding blast was produced by a massive star collapsing into a black hole.  

According to 
Astronomy.com and Space.com, although the Swift satellite was designed specifically to study gamma-ray bursts, the instrument was not designed to handle an X-ray blast this bright.

"The intensity of these X-rays was unexpected and unprecedented," said Neil Gehrels from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. He said the burst, named GRB 100621A, is the brightest X-ray source that Swift has detected since the observatory began X-ray observation in early 2005. "Just when we were beginning to think that we had seen everything that gamma-ray bursts could throw at us, this burst came along to challenge our assumptions about how powerful their X-ray emissions can be.”

The event was so powerful, it disrupted the telescope's data-analysis capabilities.

"The burst was so bright when it first erupted that our data-analysis software shut down," said Phil Evans from the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom. "So many photons were bombarding the detector each second that it just couldn't count them quickly enough. It was like trying to use a rain gauge and a bucket to measure the flow rate of a tsunami."

The X-rays had been traveling for over 5 billion years before being detected by the Swift satellite.

The burst lasted for about one minute and was about 200 times brighter than the Crab Nebula, an X-ray radiation benchmark for astronomers. 

The X-ray blast is the brightest ever detected from outside of the Milky Way galaxy. 



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RE: Didn't we just...
By Quadrillity on 7/19/2010 11:35:43 AM , Rating: -1
In other words, this is what you just said: "How dare you ask questions about science".

I sure hope that very few people have the same mentality as you when it comes to questioning things. I thought the whole point of science was to QUESTION THINGS. Telling me not to ask questions is very cult like, don't you think?

This is NOT a religion vs science debate. Your type ALWAYS try to spin things to make it look like that, and I'm sick of it.

Don't question our science, just believe it! <-- beyond ridiculous


RE: Didn't we just...
By clovell on 7/19/2010 12:03:38 PM , Rating: 4
> "If you find you are riding a dead horse, dismount"


RE: Didn't we just...
By clovell on 7/19/2010 12:04:57 PM , Rating: 2
You do realize that he was responding to the OP, right? Or are both you and the OP hankering for a rematch?


RE: Didn't we just...
By Quadrillity on 7/19/2010 12:13:37 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
You do realize that he was responding to the OP, right?

The thread on my page was not connect, so I assumed it was in response to me. My apologies, maybe he will clear up his orig. reply, since I am still confused if he was annoyed at asking questions.

either way, my bad lol.


RE: Didn't we just...
By MrBlastman on 7/19/2010 12:30:17 PM , Rating: 2
I'm fine with asking questions--I annoy everyone I know because I never take anything for face value and question everything using logic. I think thought and science are incredible concepts of the human race and certainly should be encouraged.

Ranting about evolution or religion though, especially on Dailytech, is tiring and gamer2k, whom I was initially replying to, should take heed of this and stop his crusade on it.

I'd much rather debate the science behind this gamma ray burst and possible origins of it (or fantasize about Aliens aiming a death ray at us) than sit around and debate creationism with people who will never, ever step out of their trench to see what is in the other.

There's no point, and that was my intention of my post. :)


RE: Didn't we just...
By Quadrillity on 7/19/2010 12:51:24 PM , Rating: 2
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I'd much rather debate the science behind this gamma ray burst and possible origins of it

I guess that it becomes an artform when trying to wade through the different threads below the articles, and I wish DT would improve the comment system so that we could seperate such discussions. I come to this website mainly because of the conversations, they often lead to much more informed opinions, and possibly opinions of the experts (granted that everything on the internet should be taken with a grain of salt)

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I'd much rather debate ... than sit around and debate creationism with people who will never, ever step out of their trench to see what is in the other.

Isn't it fair to say the same thing about "entrenched" evolutionists? I grew up in the public school system where nothing but evolution was taught. I have since then be exposed more to that theory than I EVER have been with intelligent design. In fact, I had never heard of the phrase "intelligent design" until a few years back.

I don't think it's fair to accuse anyone of not looking at all available sides; if that is in fact what you are saying.


RE: Didn't we just...
By MrBlastman on 7/19/2010 3:11:50 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Isn't it fair to say the same thing about "entrenched" evolutionists? I grew up in the public school system where nothing but evolution was taught. I have since then be exposed more to that theory than I EVER have been with intelligent design. In fact, I had never heard of the phrase "intelligent design" until a few years back.


My statement included religious people, evolutionists and abiogenesists (don't confuse the two please, they are grossly different). Everyone is entrenched in their own views and trying to debate them serves nothing other than to inflame this place unless the topic itself suggests it be brought up.

I'm an equal opportunity call-to-trucer here. :)

That is all I'm saying. I'm not going to get dragged further into this argument. Lets talk about gamma-ray bursts. :)


RE: Didn't we just...
By Quadrillity on 7/19/2010 4:11:34 PM , Rating: 1
I wish everyone here could show the same respect as you do when posting replies. The wording you chose could have been somewhat misleading as to who exactly you were talking about. But hey, at least I asked this time instead of assuming that I was the only one under the microscope.

As for gamma-ray bursts, I admittedly have nothing to say lol; so I'll leave that discussion to everyone else.


RE: Didn't we just...
By hr824 on 7/19/2010 11:55:44 PM , Rating: 2
Ok, there is a star about 6000 light years away IIRC (may be 600) that is big enough to produce a gamma ray burst and is aimed at earth. If it dose collapse into a black hole the burst will incinerate the earth. Hows that for an alien death ray.

These bursts emanate from the poles of the star as it collapses and have to be orientated towards us to see them.


RE: Didn't we just...
By clovell on 7/19/2010 5:39:51 PM , Rating: 2
As long as we keep the post count under 300, it's all good. I seriously just checked back on that article for the first time since last week and got nauseous at the amount of text.


RE: Didn't we just...
By Quadrillity on 7/19/2010 7:10:55 PM , Rating: 2
It would probably make you more nauseous to know that I read that entire page probably 20 times over. The total word count came to be more than 30,000 words. And no, I'm not exaggerating about how many times I read and re-read.


RE: Didn't we just...
By SPOOFE on 7/19/2010 5:29:38 PM , Rating: 2
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In other words, this is what you just said: "How dare you ask questions about science".

And this sentence reveals your true motivations: You have a persecution complex. Nobody has said "How dare you" do anything. Everyone has pointed out how and why you're wrong. The fact that you interpret a "How dare you" out of excellent retorts to your quarter-baked notions shows that you have some sort of mental problem.

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I thought the whole point of science was to QUESTION THINGS.

Yeah, but you're an idiot so you would think that. The whole point of science is to HAVE A GOOD REASON to question things. You, on the other hand, have reasons which completely lack basis. You might as well be saying, "How do we know the universe isn't full of magic?"

quote:
This is NOT a religion vs science debate.

Of course not; this is a debate of informed and educated people vs. you, an uninformed and willfully ignorant clown.


RE: Didn't we just...
By Quadrillity on 7/19/2010 7:16:24 PM , Rating: 2
It's blatantly obvious that you don't know how to conduct yourself in a adult discussion. You may not value respect, but I do.

I'm not going to bother replying unless you can post in a respectful manner; otherwise I will break one of the un-written rules of the internet. :) have a nice day.


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