Top Science of 2013
RAPTOR telescope witnesses black hole birth
The first “thinking telescope” RAPTOR found the birth of big black holes, possibly the most powerful events since the big bang. This robotic array screens 100 million objects and runs real-time analysis—autonomously alerting us when there’s a discovery or a threat.
In 2006, RAPTOR was the first of its kind to make a discovery: the birth of a black hole, announced by a powerful burst of gamma-ray emissions. This year, it discovered the biggest, brightest flash that has occurred in decades.