This Wednesday, September 10th at 1 PM EDT, NASA will give a press conference on recent findings from their Swift satellite. A gamma-ray burst, called GRB 080319B, was witnessed as it happened. This is a first for the program, as typically these gamma-ray bursts are detected and seen significantly after the event happens. Normally, gamma-ray bursts are detected in the x-ray spectrum. GRB 080319B, however, was bright enough that it was seen visually, making it the brightest such burst recorded to date. Seen below is GRB 080319B in both x-ray and visible light.
Additional coverage will follow the conference on Sep. 10th at 1 PM EDT.
You can listen to the conference live at NASA's streaming news site.