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Locations of Gamma-ray Bursts

A Movie of GRB Locations in the Sky

The first BATSE gamma-ray bursts

The BATSE experiment on NASA's Compton Gamma-Ray Observatory detected about 1 gamma-ray burst a day for nearly 9 years! This movie shows the celestial locations (in galactic coordinates) of the first few hundred bursts that BATSE detected. Can you see a pattern, or does it look like they are randomly distributed in space?

Movie Contributed by Dr. Sethanne Howard, NASA Headquarters


A service of the High Energy Astrophysics Science Archive Research Center (HEASARC), Dr. Alan Smale (Director), within the Astrophysics Science Division (ASD) at NASA/GSFC

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