03.20.08 - - A powerful stellar explosion detected March 19 by NASA's Swift satellite has shattered the record for the most distant object that could be seen with the naked eye.
05.11.05 - NASA scientists have, for the first time, detected and pinned down the location of a short gamma-ray burst, lasting only 50 milliseconds.
02.18.05 - Scientists have detected a flash of light brighter than anything ever detected from beyond our Solar System.
01.21.05 - The NASA-led Swift mission has detected and imaged its first gamma-ray burst.
11.20.04 - The Swift spacecraft was successfully launched on its mission to study gamma ray bursts.
11.17.04 - Launch of Swift spacecraft has been delayed at least 24 hours.
11.01.04 - NASA's new satellite will study the connection between black hole birth and gamma-ray bursts.
10.25.04 - Monday, Nov. 1, at 1 p.m. EST a live briefing will be held on NASA TV about the Agency's newest Gamma-ray burst mission.
08.02.04 - Swift is an awe-inspiring mission - tracking down what are the fastest and most powerful events in the Universe.
11.12.03 - A study shows that gamma-ray bursts, X-ray flashes and certain supernovae are connected by their common explosive energy, suggesting that a single type of phenomenon -- the explosion of a massive star -- is the culprit.
08.14.03 - Gamma-ray bursts may generate the most energetic particles in the Universe, known as the ultrahigh-energy cosmic rays, according to observations from NASA's Compton Gamma-Ray Observatory.
08.12.03 - Berto Monard of South Africa became the first amateur astronomer to discover an afterglow of a gamma-ray burst.
06.18.03 - Scientists have pieced together the key elements of a gamma-ray burst, from star death to dramatic black hole birth, thanks to a "Rosetta stone" found on March 29, 2003.
05.28.03 - The RHESSI satellite was snapping X-ray pictures of solar flares when it caught an extremely bright background gamma-ray burst, revealing a novel physical feature of these gamma rays -- their polarization.
03.31.03 - NASA's High-Energy Transient Explorer (HETE) detects one of the brightest and closest bursts yet, signaling the birth of a black hole in the constellation Leo.
03.19.03 - Moments after a gamma-ray burst, scientists witnessed the death of a gigantic star and the birth of something monstrous in its place -- quite possibly a brand-new, spinning black hole.
02.20.03 - Analysis of nearly 2,000 gamma-ray bursts -- the mysterious creators of black holes and the most powerful explosions known in the Universe -- has revealed that the two major varieties appear to arise from different types of events.
03.13.02 - The team behind the NASA's Swift gamma-ray burst satellite constructed a massive "coded aperture mask," the largest such device ever built.