Ondřejov observatory records nine billion-year-old gamma-ray burst
Czech astronomers at Ondřejov observatory southeast of Prague, have revealed the Czech observatory was recently the first terrestrial station to record a gamma-ray burst from a hypernova explosion nine billion light-years away. In less than a minute, automated telescopes at Ondřejov turned their sights to the area in question.
“We were successful and both telescopes responded at once which is fantastic and almost a miracle. It is the first time we recorded such an event with two telescopes and in this case we were the first in the world.”
“Gamma-ray bursts are the greatest in the universe outside of the Big Bang itself, at the very edge of our understanding of physics.”
The telescopes and astronomers at Ondřejov, in international cooperation, will soon have another object to focus on which seems assured to make headlines again – the sun-grazing Comet Ison, which should be visible from December 5 onwards, even to the naked eye. It will pass closest to the Earth on December 26th – just after Christmas.