Gamma Ray Burst 970228

A Hubble Space Telescope image of the fading fireball from one of the universe's most mysterious phenomena, a gamma-ray burst.

Though the visible component has faded to 1/500th its brightness (27.7 magnitude) from the time it was first discovered by ground- based telescopes last March (the actual gamma-ray burst took place on February 28), Hubble continues to clearly see the fireball and discriminated a surrounding nebulosity (at 25th magnitude) which is considered a host galaxy.


Andrew Fruchter (STScI), Elena Pian (ITSRE-CNR), and NASA/ESA

About the Image

NASA press release
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Release date:16 September 1997, 06:00
Size:609 x 571 px

About the Object

Name:Gamma Ray Burst, GRB 970228
Type:Early Universe : Cosmology : Phenomenon : Gamma Ray Burst
Distance:z=0.59 (redshift)

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