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Gamma Ray Burst Pictures, Images and Photos

Whilst I’m on a science theme.. We knew the gamma-ray universe was violent but, as NASA reports, “Data from satellites and observatories around the globe show a jet from a powerful stellar explosion witnessed March 19 was aimed almost directly at Earth”. As this more detailed report notes – “Maybe every gamma-ray burst contains a narrow jet, too, but astronomers miss them because we don’t see them head-on.” And the New Scientist has a demonstrative animation. Just be thankful that it wasn’t on the magnitude of galaxy 3C321. Here’s the video footage from the TORTORA camera in Chile. Telescopes, eh? Adds Some information on Gamma-ray bursts. And a warning from the past?

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  • So it really is the end of the world like they said. 🙁

  • Big Maggie

    Pete

    a jet from a powerful stellar explosion witnessed March 19 was aimed almost directly at Earth”.

    Aimed???? Should we be worried?

  • dosser

    Some footage of the Large Hadron Collider aftershow party: http://ie.youtube.com/watch?v=wBCmt_pJTRA

  • pith

    There is another argument raging at the moment from two leading knowledges on science. Jim Allister thinks Simon Hamilton knows nothing about cows farting.

  • Greenflag

    Pete B,

    Having just about survived an LHC blackholing you now appear to be scaring the living **** out of us by highlighting random gamma ray bursts from ‘neighbouring’ galaxies.

    Now I know we all need some ‘relief ‘ from the surreal universe at Stormont/USA election etc but there is such a thing as going beyond the beyonds if you catch my drift :).

    Looked to me from the video like inter ‘galactic ‘ warfare minus any ‘intelligent’ participants .

    I understand Andromeda is our nearest galactic neighbour and iirc is drifting slowly towards us . No chance of Andromeda pulling a similar stunt I trust ?

    BTW -thanks for the links – as always mind expanding with the usual touch of ‘understated’ terror to excite the imagination 🙂

  • Pete Baker

    Big Maggie

    I think Greenflag is correct – “‘galactic ‘ warfare minus any ‘intelligent’ participants.”

    Greenflag

    Heh.

    Andromeda? Who knows? ;o)

    Oh, and they still have to do the actual colliding at the Large Hadron Collider..

  • Greenflag

    Pete B ,

    ‘and they still have to do the actual colliding at the Large Hadron Collider ‘

    I know – I know – no need to remind us ;(

    ‘Andromeda? Who knows? ;o)’

    So just to extend any nervousness which may still be out there – if something like the galaxy 3C321 ‘event ‘ happened in Andromeda say 2.9 million years ago we’d get to see it? not see it ? experience it however briefly ? / (delete as appropritate) maybe next week ?

    Unless Big Maggie’s ‘aimer’ decides not to destroy his/her/it’s unique creation i.e the Milky Way and all who sail in her .

  • Pete Baker
  • Pete Baker

    Btw, I’ve added those links to the original post.

  • Greenflag

    Pete B ,

    Thanks -talk about overkill:) -never throw an imperiled species a rope when a concrete tome or a burst of gamma rays will do eh 🙂

    I’m off to do some ‘light reading’ and revise my understanding of the Ordovician mass extinction and will then quietly await the coming Holocenian Apocalyps with as much dignity and sang froid as I can manage.

    So to add to the random impact of extra terrestrial asteroids and timely tectonic plate judicial movements plus the requisite 20 or so Ice Ages , to account for the presence of ‘intelligent ‘ life here on the third rock, we may now have to add in to the mix a ‘nearby’ (between 500 and 3,000 light years gamma ray burst) to blow away the ozone layer and fry / cleanse the biosphere every billion or so years.

    I ‘m beginning to see why why some creationists are sticking to the 6,000 year old Earth ? They don’t have to worry about a gamma ray burst for another 999,994,000 years 🙂

  • Pete Baker

    Greenflag

    Heh, again.

    “never throw an imperiled species a rope when a concrete tome or a burst of gamma rays will do eh”

    I try my best. ;o)

  • I will find him!

    Do not make us angry!

    We will enlarge and turn green!

  • Pete Baker

    “I will find him!”

    Eh???

  • Greenflag

    I will find him ,

    So you’re a ‘hulk’ fan then . Wonderful so was I when I was your age 🙂