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Neighborhood Gamma Ray Burst Boosts Theory

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Science  07 Jul 2000:
Vol. 289, Issue 5476, pp. 29
DOI: 10.1126/science.289.5476.29

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Titanic explosions that emit powerful flashes of energetic gamma rays are one of astronomy's hottest mysteries. Now an analysis of the nearest gamma ray burst yet detected has added weight to the popular theory that they are expelled during the death throes of supermassive stars.