This Day In Astro History


March 19

2008 - GRB 080319B, a cosmic burst 7.5 gigalight-years distant is visible to the naked eye for approximately 30 seconds and becomes one of the brightest celestial objects ever witnessed. Swift establishes a new record for the farthest object visible to the naked eye.  Swift observed a record four GRBs that day, which also coincided with the death of noted science-fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke.

This image was captured by the space based Swift X-ray Telescope.
  Arthur C Clarke
2008 - Arthur C. Clarke dies at age 90.
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