Mysterious Fireball from a Cataclysmic Explosion

The visible fireball from a titanic explosion in deep space, called a gamma-ray burst, blazes in the center of this image, taken with the CCD camera (Charge Coupled Device) on the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph, a new instrument on Hubble Space Telescope.


Elena Pian (ITESRC), Andrew Fruchter (STScI), and NASA/ESA

About the Image

NASA press release
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Release date:10 June 1997, 17:00
Size:918 x 518 px

About the Object

Name:Gamma Ray Burst, GRB970508
Type:• Early Universe : Cosmology : Phenomenon : Gamma Ray Burst
Distance:z=0.835 (redshift)

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