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April 10, 2008 03:00 PM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2008-17

Hubble Pinpoints Record-Breaking Explosion

Technical facts about this news release:

About the Object
Object Name: GRB 080319B
Object Description: Gamma Ray Burst
Position (J2000): R.A. 14h 31m 41s.0
Dec. +36° 18' 9"
Constellation: Bootes
Distance: 7.5 billion light-years or 2.3 billion parsecs
Dimensions: This image is 25 arcseconds (91,000 light-years or 28,000 parsecs) square.
About the Data
Data Description: The Hubble image was created using HST data from proposal 11513: N. Tanvir, K. Wiersma, and E. Rol (University of Leicester), A. Fruchter (STScI), and A. Levan (University of Warwick).
Instrument: WFPC2
Exposure Date(s): April 7, 2008
Exposure Time: 1.8 hours
Filters: F606W (V) and F814W (I)
About the Image
Image Credit: NASA, ESA, N. Tanvir (University of Leicester), A. Fruchter (STScI), A. Levan (University of Warwick), and E. Rol (University of Leicester)
Release Date: April 10, 2008
Color: The image is a composite of several separate exposures made by the WFPC2 instrument on the Hubble Space Telescope. Two filters were used to sample broad wavelength ranges in the yellow and near infrafed. The color results from assigning different hues (colors) to each monochromatic image. In this case, the assigned colors are:
F606W (V) blue
F814W (I) yellow
Orientation/Scale: Hubble Pinpoints Record-Breaking Explosion