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It's Official: Gamma Bursts Come From Far, Far Away

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Science  23 May 1997:
Vol. 276, Issue 5316, pp. 1194
DOI: 10.1126/science.276.5316.1194

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Ebullient astronomers think they may have solved one of astronomy's most durable puzzles: where in the universe the mysterious flashes of energy called gamma-ray bursts come from. By detecting the afterglow of a burst on 8 May and measuring its distance, a team of observers has found that gamma-ray bursts come not from the neighborhood of our galaxy, as some astronomers have argued, but from the far reaches of the universe.