Podcaster: Rob Sparks. Guest: Jillian Rastinejad

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Title: A Record Setting Gamma Ray Burst

Organization: NOIRLab

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Record-Breaking Gamma-Ray Burst Possibly Most Powerful Explosion Ever Recorded ; The ‘Brightest of All Time’ Gamma-Ray Burst Sparks a Supernova Hunt ; Astronomers have just watched the most powerful explosion ever seen


Gamma Ray bursts are some of the most powerful explosions observed in the cosmos and frequently herald the birth of a new black hole. A recent gamma ray burst appears to be the brightest of all time and was observed very quickly by multiple instruments. In this podcast, Jillian Rastinejad discusses the discovery of this gamma ray burst and the follow up observations with the Gemini International Observatory

Bio: Rob Sparks is in the Communications, Education and Engagement group at NSF’s NOIRLab in Tucson, Arizona

Jillian Rastinejad is a PhD student at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. She utilizes many of the world’s largest optical telescopes in her quest to better understand the sources of the Universe’s most powerful explosions, gamma-ray bursts. When she’s not chasing gamma-ray bursts, Jillian enjoys going for runs on Lake Michigan and exploring Chicago’s many neighborhoods.

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