LifestyleExperience the Most Powerful Explosions in the Universe as a Burst Chaser!

Experience the Most Powerful Explosions in the Universe as a Burst Chaser!

Attention all stargazers! The universe IS talking to you! Gamma-ray bursts, massive explosions visible from everywhere in the observable universe, are revealing secrets about how stars meet their end and how massive black holes form. Now, you are invited to join the Burst Chaser project to help decode what the universe is trying to tell us. 

NASA’s Neil Gehrels SWIFT observatory regularly detects pulses of gamma rays, a very energetic form of light, coming from billions of light years away. As a Burst Chaser, you will be examining plots displaying the arrival of gamma ray energy at this space telescope over time, and classifying their shapes — the pulse shapes. 

Gamma-ray bursts are linked to supernovae or the mergers of neutron stars and black holes, but how these events produce pulses with such a variety of characteristics remains a mystery. “We need your help to classify these pulses for more clues about what they really are!” said Professor Amy Lien from the University of Tampa, the project’s Principal Investigator.  

The Burst Chaser science team includes professional astronomers, undergraduate students, and dedicated NASA volunteers. This project platform is hosted by Zooniverse, a NASA Partner.

Ready to dive into this cosmic mystery?  » … (Read More)Read More rn

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