- Press Release
- August 12, 2022
NASA Announces Detection of Most Distant Explosion
NASA is hosting a media teleconference at 2 p.m. EDT, Monday, September 12 to announce the detection of the most distant explosion yet, a gamma-ray burst from the edge of the visible universe.
Scientists detected the burst using NASA’s Swift satellite. Several ground-based telescopes, including the international Southern Observatory for Astrophysical Research (SOAR) in Chile, measured the astounding distance as the embers faded.
– Kim Weaver, Program Scientist, NASA Headquarters, Washington
– Richard Reichart, assistant professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
– Neil Gehrels, Swift principal investigator, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.
– Donald Lamb, professor, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Chicago, Chicago
Media can participate by calling Dolores Beasley or Erica Hupp at 202/358-1753/1237. The teleconference will be available live on the Web at:
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