GRB 130427A was a record-setting gamma-ray burst, discovered starting on April 27, 2013. The Fermi space observatory detected a gamma-ray with an energy of at least 94 billion electron volts. It was simultaneously detected by the Burst Alert Telescope aboard the Swift telescope and was one of the brightest bursts Swift had ever detected. It was one of the five closest GRBs, at about 3.6 billion light-years away, and was comparatively long-lasting.
Fermi's Large Area Telescope (LAT) recorded one gamma ray with an energy of at least 94 billion electron volts (GeV), or some 35 billion times the energy of visible light, and about three times greater than the LAT's previous record. The GeV emission from the burst lasted for hours, and it remained detectable by the LAT for the better part of a day, setting a new record for the longest gamma-ray emission from a GRB.—NASA
The emission was also detected using radio, infrared and visible radiation from ground based telescopes using the sky location from Swift. The burst was observed with a 350mm optical telescope and its brightness measured. The visible apparent magnitude decreased from 13 to 15.5 over a three-hour period starting at 08:05:12 UTC 27 April 2013. The Catalina Real-time Transient Survey also detected the burst optically, independent of the alert. It received designation CSS130502:113233+274156. It was found at right ascension 11:32:32.90, and declination +27:41:56.5 (J2000). The SDSS catalogue shows a galaxy (SDSS J113232.84+274155.4) almost coincident with this position at magnitude r=21.26 but with no SDSS spectrum obtained.
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