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Cosmic explosion detonates in empty space

sm62704 (957197) writes | more than 6 years ago

Space 0

sm62704 (mcgrew) writes "New Scientist reports that

Six spacecraft around Earth and Mars detected a powerful volley of gamma rays lasting about a minute on 25 January 2007. Such explosions, called long gamma-ray bursts, are thought to be caused when massive stars explode and their cores collapse into black holes.

But follow-up observations by some of the world's most powerful telescopes failed to turn up any sign of a 'host' galaxy for the dying star. Spectral observations did show, however, that the burst, called GRB 070125, had exploded within a small pocket of dense gas.
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