Research NewsAstronomy

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

See allHide authors and affiliations

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

You are currently viewing the summary.

View Full Text

Log in to view the full text

Log in through your institution

Log in through your institution


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.