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UVOT. XRT. BAT. Swift Mission. NASA Explorer 3 instruments Rapid slewing spacecraft Primary science is gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) Swift is opening a new window on the transient universe. XRT Position - 5 arcsec. BAT Position - 2 arcmin. UVOT Position - < 1 arcsec.

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UVOT

XRT

BAT

Swift Mission

NASA Explorer

3 instruments

Rapid slewing spacecraft

Primary science is

gamma-ray bursts (GRBs)

Swift is opening a new window

on the transient universe

XRT Position - 5 arcsec

BAT Position - 2 arcmin

UVOT Position - < 1 arcsec

.

.

T<10 sec

T<90 sec

T<2 min

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Swift Synopsis

Launch in November 2004

317 GRBs detected and studied

~50% of time spent on GRBs

550 Target of Opportunity pointings

to non-GRB transients such as:

- supernovae

- novae

- flare stars

- active galaxy outbursts

- galactic black holes

- comets

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Example Supernova Observations

optical

UV

X-ray

SN 2006bp

in NGC 3953

SN 1979C

&

SN 2006X

in M100

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