START YOUR ENGINES!
Using any of the search engines available to you, look for Web sites containing the answers to the following questions. (Notice there are some suggested Web sites to help get you started.) Answer the questions in complete sentences. Record the name of the Web page that you used as a reference when answering each question.
- What is a gamma-ray?
- What is a gamma-ray burst?
- What are two current theories surrounding the formation of a gamma-ray
- Find an example of a comparison between the energy released by a gamma-ray
burst and the Sun.
- On average, how many gamma-ray bursts are detected each week?
- Who was the first to detect a gamma-ray burst?
- What year was the first gamma-ray burst detected?
- How was the first gamma-ray burst detected?
- For how many years after its detection was the report of the first
gamma-ray burst withheld?
- Why are scientists having such a difficult time studying gamma-ray
- Almost all gamma-ray bursts come from outside of our Galaxy. How often
does a burst occur in our galaxy, the Milky Way?
- Name at least two satellites that are currently involved in gamma-ray
- On January 23, 1999, scientists were able to collect the first optical
data on a gamma-ray burst while it was in progress. What technological
resources were used to make this event possible?
- Why is the name Swift appropriate for the satellite that is going to be
launched in approximately 2003 in order to further study gamma-ray
- What do the letters in the name GLAST stand for and when is the
launch of this satellite scheduled to occur?
- Locate a Web site not previously sited in this exercise. Record the
URL. Create an original question from the information you find at this
Web site. Your question may be incorporated into future gamma-ray Web
TEACHERS: Prior to starting this activity, visit all cited Web sites.
Some Web sites tend to be transient while others may not be available to
you on your particular server. This information needs to be discovered
prior to beginning this activity.
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