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Contact: Margaret Allen
Southern Methodist University

ROTSE IIIb Telescope


SMU's ROTSE IIIb at the McDonald Observatory, Fort Davis, Texas had the earliest and brightest observation from the ground of a gamma-ray burst that occurred more than 12 billion years ago.

The telescope is part of the Robotic Optical Transient Search Experiment, which has telescopes in four locations on Earth to cover the entire sky in search of gamma-ray bursts.

Credit: ROTSE Collaboration.

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