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Position: 00 26 54.689 +18 55 41.3 (2000.0) D.W. Fox et al.
At 1206UT on 2002 October 4 the HETE spacecraft detected a long gamma ray
burst. Less than 10 minutes later the Caltech-NRAO GRB collaboration identifed
a 15th magnitude optical transient in Pisces. This transient was still visible
at around 18th magnitude as night fell in the UK and a number of observers
obtained images. To our knowledge these are the
first UK detections of a GRB afterglow.
It seems that the redshift of this object is z=2.3 which works out to be
around 11 to 12 billion light years away!
- 2002 October 4, 1844 (James). This is the first UK detection as far as we know.
- 2002 October 4, 1924 (Armstrong),
- 2002 October 4, 1940 (James),
- 2002 October 4, 1945 (Mobberley),
- 2002 October 4, 2058 (Boles),
- 2002 October 4, 2348 (Strange),
- 2002 October 6, 2037 (Boles),
- Decline 2002 October 4 (James).