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91st Spring Meeting of the AAVSO

The 91st Spring Meeting of the AAVSO and the 2nd HEA Wkshp for Amateur Astronomers

Third High Energy Astrophysics Workshop, Spring 2005: scientific paper session abstracts

The 3rd HEA Workshop for Amateur Astronomers
March 22-23, 2005
Las Cruces, New Mexico

Scientific Papers
and Powerpoint Presentations (when available)

Monday, March 21

High Energy Network activities in 2009

Activities of the AAVSO International High Energy Network, FY 2008-2009
 

High Energy Network Overview

The AAVSO International High Energy Network came about as an evolution of the AAVSO International GRB Network. The GRB Network was established at the First High Energy Workshop for Amateur Astronomers in April, 2000. The GRB network was a great success, detecting many GRB afterglows and discovering a few on our own. The follow-up of GRB optical afterglows continues to be a major focus of the Network today.

Gamma Ray Bursts

What is a Gamma Ray Burst?

A gamma-ray burst (GRB) is a brief flash of gamma rays coming from an astrophysical source at great distances from us, often from hundreds of millions of light years away. Gamma rays are a kind of light (like visible light, microwaves, or X-rays) that is very energetic, and whatever produces gamma rays must therefore contain (and unleash) a large amount of energy in a very short amount of time. Thus the study of gamma ray bursts is a study of some of the most violent events in the universe.

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