GRB 990510 sky region

Eso_eso9926c_1024

eso_eso9926c May 18th, 1999

Credit: ESO

The object of study is the remnant of a mysterious cosmic explosion far out in space, first detected as a gigantic outburst of gamma rays on May 10. Gamma-Ray Bursters (GRBs) are brief flashes of very energetic radiation — they represent by far the most powerful type of explosion known in the Universe and their afterglow in optical light can be 10 million times brighter than the brightest supernovae. The May 10 event ranks among the brightest one hundred of the over 2500 GRB''s detected in the last decade. To the left is a reproduction of a short (30 sec) centering exposure in the V-band (green-yellow light), obtained with VLT ANTU and the multi-mode FORS1 instrument on May 11, 1999, at 03:48 UT under mediocre observing conditions (image quality 1.0 arcsec).The optical image of the afterglow of GRB 990510 is easily seen in the box, by comparison with an exposure of the same sky field before the explosion, made with the ESO Schmidt Telescope in 1986 (right).The exposure time was 120 min on IIIa-F emulsion behind a R(ed) filter. The field shown measures about 6.2 x 6.2 arcmin 2. North is up and East is left.

Provider: European Southern Observatory

Image Source: https://www.eso.org/public/images/eso9926c/

Curator: European Southern Observatory, Garching bei München, Germany

Image Use Policy: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

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Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
GRB 990510
Subject - Distant Universe
Cosmology > Phenomenon > Gamma Ray Burst

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Grayscale VLT (FORS1) Optical (V) -
Grayscale ESO-1m (None) Optical (R) -
Right image obtained by the 1-metre Schmidt telescope, the left was taken using the VLT.
Eso_eso9926c_1280
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ID
eso9926c
Subject Category
D.6.2.2  
Subject Name
GRB 990510
Credits
ESO
Release Date
1999-05-18T00:00:00
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://www.eso.org/public/images/eso9926c/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Redshift distance taken from Press Release as no new papers available.
Facility
Very Large Telescope, ESO 1-metre Schmidt telescope
Instrument
FORS1, None
Color Assignment
Grayscale, Grayscale
Band
Optical, Optical
Bandpass
V, R
Central Wavelength
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
R
Coordinate Frame
Equinox
Reference Value
Reference Dimension
2732.0, 1332.0
Reference Pixel
Scale
Rotation
Coordinate System Projection:
Quality
FITS Header
Notes
Creator (Curator)
European Southern Observatory
URL
http://www.eso.org/
Name
Email
Telephone
Address
Karl-Schwarzschild-Strasse 2
City
Garching bei München
State/Province
Postal Code
D-85748
Country
Germany
Rights
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
Publisher
European Southern Observatory
Publisher ID
eso
Resource ID
eso9926c
Metadata Date
2009-01-20T13:56:45+01:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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