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Fraser
2007-Jun-26, 04:56 PM
NASA has Hubble, Spitzer and Chandra to cover visible, ultraviolet, infrared and X-ray portions of the electromagnetic spectrum. The next wavelength to get its own space telescope is gamma rays. ...

Read the full blog entry (http://www.universetoday.com/2007/06/26/gamma-ray-observatory-will-launch-in-december/)

grimreap
2007-Jun-26, 07:55 PM
Does anybody know the main differences between GLAST and Swift?

I thought switft was a gamma ray observatory.

antoniseb
2007-Jun-26, 11:29 PM
Swift is for catching GRBs, and GLAST is for more detailed studies. Also, GLAST has much more surface area so it is a lot more sensitive. It also has the ability to detect more energetic Gammas than Swift.

Swift, on the other hand can do imaging in xrays and uv to help it identify the spot where a GRB happened for ground based telescopes to do follow up observation. GLAST cannot quickly slew to a location.

Nick4
2007-Jul-01, 06:29 AM
Thats cool...do we have a Gamma ray scope up there yet?