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During night 2008.03.18/19 the "Pi of the Sky" apparatus located at Las Campanas Observatory was observing the Swift satellite field of view with 10s exposures from 5:49 UT. At 6:12 UT we observed exceptionally bright optical flash reaching 5.8 magnitude. It was automatically detected by the flash recognition algorithm.

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Location of GRB 080319B

GRB 080319B.kmz
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Credit: NASA/Swift/Stefan Immler, et al.

The afterglow of GRB 080319B was imaged by Swift's X-ray Telescope (left) and Optical/Ultraviolet Telescope (right).

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NASA measured the explosion as having occurred 7.5 billion years ago, before Earth was formed and more than halfway across the visible universe.

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Brightest light ever seen by astronomers
The brightest burst of light ever seen - which peaked at a few hundred million billion times the brightness of our Sun - has been witnessed by astronomers.

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The Swift satellite detected a  intense gamma-ray burst, GRB 080319B at  6:13 UTC, March 19th, 2008.
The optical afterglow of the burst may have reached naked-eye visibility (magnitude ~ 5.7) for a brief  few moments.

Position(2000): RA: 14 31 40.98 , Dec: +36 18 8.8

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