The Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory

News from 2007

December 18, 2007 - 'Shot in the Dark' Star Explosion Stuns Astronomers
When a shot is fired, one expects to see a person with a gun. In the same way, whenever a giant star explodes, astronomers expect to see a galaxy of stars surrounding the site of the blast. This comes right out of basic astronomy, since almost all stars in our universe belong to galaxies.
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December 7, 2007 - New Release of the Swift Software and Calibration Data
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November 9, 2007 - Swift Newsletter - Issue 8
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October 30, 2007 - Swift helps shatter Black Hole Record
NASA's Swift and Chandra satellites discover that stellar-mass black holes can be much larger than previously thought.
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October 19, 2007 - Swift Autonomous Slewing Re-Enabled
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September 24, 2007 - New Release of the Swift Software and Calibration Data
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September 18, 2007 - Swift Status and XRT Calibration Uncertainties
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September 12, 2007 - NASA Astronomers Find Bizarre Planet-Mass Object Orbiting Neutron Star
Using NASA's Swift and Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer (RXTE) satellites, astronomers have discovered one of the most bizarre planet-mass objects ever found.
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August 29, 2007 - Swift Cycle 4: Proposals Due November 9, 2007
Details on Swift Cycle 4 are now available. New in Cycle 4: proposals for non-GRB non-TOO astrophysical observations will be welcome, in addition to non-GRB TOO proposals and funding-only proposals accepted in previous rounds.
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August 13, 2007 - Swift Observatory Off Line
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July 30, 2007 - New Swift Software Release
New release of the Swift software and calibration data is available for download.
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July 30, 2007 - Japanese and NASA Satellites Unveil New Type of Active Galaxy
An international team of astronomers using NASA's Swift satellite and the Japanese/U.S. Suzaku X-ray observatory has discovered a new class of active galactic nuclei (AGN).
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July 5, 2007 - New Release of the Swift Software and Calibration Data is Available for Download
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July 11, 2007 - New Version of the Swift GRB Table Released
The Swift Gamma-Ray Burst Table has been updated to version 2.0. Highlights include: a new look, quick default and full views, stats mode, the ability to include/exclude observatory specific bursts, and the ability to place some pre-defined restrictions on the table.
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June 26, 2007 - NASA's Swift Sees Double Supernova in Galaxy
In just the past six weeks, two supernovae have flared up in an obscure galaxy in the constellation Hercules. Never before have astronomers observed two of these powerful stellar explosions occurring in the same galaxy so close together in time.
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June 15, 2007 - Workshop on Future Opportunities for Swift Science (May 1-2 at PSU)
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May 22, 2007 - Gamma-ray Bursts Active Longer Than Thought
Using NASA's Swift satellite, astronomers have discovered that energetic flares seen after gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) are not just hiccups, they appear to be a continuation of the burst itself.
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April 5, 2007 - Swift Newsletter - Issue 7
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March 30, 2007 - CALDB Update
An update of the XRT and Clock correction calibration files is available from the Swift calibration page.
March 15, 2007 - Robotic Telescope Unravels Mystery of Cosmic Blasts
Scientists from Liverpool John Moores University and colleagues in the UK, Italy, France and Slovenia used the world's largest robotic telescope, the Liverpool Telescope on the island of La Palma, and its novel new polarimeter, RINGO, to perform the earliest-ever measurement (203 seconds) of the optical polarization following detection of a burst by NASA's Swift satellite. The article by Carole Mundell et al. appeared online in Science magazine.
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March 8, 2007 - Gamma-Ray Birth Cries Suggest Massive Magnetic Engines
Penn State University Press Release
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March 7, 2007 - An Update to the Swift Software is Now Available for Download
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January 16, 2007 - Top High-Energy Astronomy Prize Awarded for Swift Discoveries
This year's prestigious Bruno Rossi Prize has been awarded to Neil Gehrels and the team of scientists working on NASA's Swift Gamma-Ray Burst Explorer mission. The prize is the top award given each year by the High Energy Astrophysics Division (HEAD) of the American Astronomical Society (AAS), the largest professional organization of astronomers in the United States.
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January 7, 2007 - Swift Newsletter - Issue 6
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January 5, 2007 - Updated XRT Calibration Files
An update of the XRT calibration files is available from the Swift calibration page.