Massive explosion in space

Cosmos Magazine – SYDNEY: A massive cosmic explosion in a barren section of the universe has left astronomers totally perplexed.

“Here we have this very bright burst, yet it’s surrounded by darkness on all sides,” says Brad Cenko of the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, U.S., lead investigator behind the find. “The nearest galaxy is more than 88,000 light-years away, and there’s almost no gas lying between the burst and
Earth.”

The explosion was a long-duration gamma-ray burst, called long-duration because it lasted longer than two seconds. Until now, astrophysicists thought these explosions came from the death of a young, massive star. Massive stars similarly require a large amount of gas a dust, which are usually found in bright galaxies.

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2 Responses to “Massive explosion in space”

  1. It is obviously a rip in the space-time continuum!

  2. Yup, obviously 😉
    Maybe a wormhole to the other side of the galaxy 😀
    Seriously, this is really puzzling…

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