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Gamma-Ray Source in Distant Universe?

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Science  21 Mar 1997:
Vol. 275, Issue 5307, pp. 1738
DOI: 10.1126/science.275.5307.1738

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Over the last 30 years, space-based detectors have picked up hundreds of gamma-ray flashes, but astronomers disagree about what might be producing them and even where they come from. Now a burst source may have been revealed. Just hours after astronomers had narrowed down the position of a burst, a Dutch group pointed a telescope at the site and spotted a dim galaxy in the far reaches of the universe.