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Old 09-11-2008, 09:51 PM   #2
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Default Re: Naked-Eye Gamma-ray Burst Aimed Directly at Earth

http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2..._nakedeye2.htm

September 10, 2008

They announce back a few years ago that it was a Gamma Ray blast that was detected back during the Tsunami.



BRIGHTEST GALACTIC FLASH EVER DETECTED HITS EARTH

A huge explosion halfway across the galaxy packed so much power it briefly altered Earth’s upper atmosphere in December, astronomers said Friday.

No known eruption beyond our solar system has ever appeared as bright upon arrival.

But you could not have seen it, unless you can top the X-ray vision of Superman: In gamma rays, the event equaled the brightness of the full Moon’s reflected visible light.

The blast originated about 50,000 light-years away and was detected Dec. 27. A light-year is the distance light travels in a year, about 6 trillion miles (10 trillion kilometers).

The commotion was caused by a special variety of neutron star known as a magnetar. These fast-spinning, compact stellar corpses — no larger than a big city — create intense magnetic fields that trigger explosions. The blast was 100 times more powerful than any other similar eruption witnessed, said David Palmer of Los Alamos National Laboratory, one of several researchers around the world who monitored the event with various telescopes.
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