Where is the Swift telescope located in space?

Where is the Swift telescope located in space?

Ultraviolet/Optical Telescope (UVOT) The UVOT provides a sub-arcsecond position and provides optical and ultra-violet photometry through lenticular filters and low resolution spectra (170–650 nm) through the use of its optical and UV grisms.

Who is the Swift gamma-ray Observatory named after?

Neil Gehrels
10) that the agency’s Swift Gamma Ray Burst Explorer spacecraft has been renamed in memory of the mission’s original principal investigator, Neil Gehrels, who passed away in February 2017. The space-based telescope, which launched in 2004, will now be known as the Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory.

What has the Swift telescope discovered?

Swift discoveries are answering key questions on gamma-ray bursts (GRBs). They have confirmed the promise of GRBs as unique probes of the high-redshift Universe and provided key information on the birth of black holes. Rapid, uniform observations on broad time scales make Swift the most capable GRB observatory ever.

When was the Swift telescope used?

November 20, 2004
Swift, in full Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory, U.S. satellite observatory designed to swing into the proper orientation to catch the first few seconds of gamma-ray bursts. It was launched on November 20, 2004.

How often does NASA’s Swift spacecraft detect gamma-ray bursts?

about once a day
They occur from our vantage point about once a day. Some bursts appear to be from massive star explosions that form black holes. The Swift observatory comprises three telescopes, which work in tandem to provide rapid identification and multi-wavelength follow-up of GRBs and their afterglows.

What causes short gamma-ray bursts?

The intense radiation of most observed GRBs is thought to be released during a supernova or superluminous supernova as a high-mass star implodes to form a neutron star or a black hole. A subclass of GRBs (the “short” bursts) appear to originate from the merger of binary neutron stars.

What does the most telescope do?

The MOST (Microvariability and Oscillation of Stars) telescope is Canada’s first scientific satellite ever launched into space and is dedicated to the study of asteroseismology—the study of star vibrations (pulsations).

What does the Swift Gamma-Ray Burst Explorer do?

Its three instruments give scientists the ability to scrutinize gamma-ray bursts like never before. Within seconds of detecting a burst, Swift relays its location to ground stations, allowing both ground-based and space-based telescopes around the world the opportunity to observe the burst’s afterglow.

What are the goals of the Swift satellite?

Goal: Swift was designed to solve the 35-year-old mystery of the origin of gamma-ray bursts, which scientists think are the birth cries of black holes.

Can Earth survive a gamma-ray burst?

A nearby gamma-ray burst, beamed directly at Earth, is pretty unlikely. However, if one did occur, the amount of damage would depend on how close the burst is. With the gamma-rays beamed directly at Earth, the radiation would destroy a significant portion of our atmosphere, specifically the ozone layer.

What is the most powerful event in the universe?

gamma-ray burst
The most explosive, energetic event ever observed is one such gamma-ray burst, discovered by a NASA observatory and releasing 5 x 10⁵⁴ joules (J) of energy.

How far can a telescope see?

The Hubble Space Telescope can see out to a distance of several billions of light-years. A light-year is the distance that light travels in 1 year.

Is there an interactive sky chart for planetarium?

Interactive sky chart showing planets, asteroids, comets and interplanetary probes and how to find them from your location. Online Planetarium Our Online Planetarium allows to compute the coordinates of planets, comets and asteroids and visualize them in the sky with respect to stars and constellations.

How does the planetarium work on the Internet?

Online Planetarium. Our Online Planetarium allows to compute the coordinates of planets, comets and asteroids and visualize them in the sky with respect to stars and constellations. Share the current view. You can share the current view of the sky, including all the added objects, camera direction and field of view.

How big is the planetarium at South Carolina State Museum?

The 55-foot digital dome planetarium takes guests on journeys to the deepest reaches of space through exciting astronomy shows, entertaining programs focused on art, history or natural history and laser light shows set to music of the Beatles, Pink Floyd, U2 and more.

How old do you have to be to see the planetarium in Columbia SC?

Planetarium is now OPEN with health and safety precautions in place. Face coverings are now required for guests aged 5 and above per City of Columbia Ordinance. Capacity is limited and advance ticket purchase is strongly encouraged if you wish to see a show.