News FocusGAMMA RAY BURST SYMPOSIUM

Gamma Ray Bursts Keep Playing Coy

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Science  29 Oct 1999:
Vol. 286, Issue 5441, pp. 893
DOI: 10.1126/science.286.5441.893

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HUNTSVILLE, ALABAMA-- Since 1991, astronomers have met here every 2 years to puzzle over gamma ray bursts, mysterious flashes of energy that may come from the most powerful explosions since the big bang. These events have surrendered many clues to their location and nature over the past couple of years. At the 5th Huntsville Gamma Ray Burst Symposium, held 19 to 22 October, they dropped another hint or two--and another puzzle.