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Satellite Swiftly Catches New Bursts

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Science  28 Jan 2005:
Vol. 307, Issue 5709, pp. 508-509
DOI: 10.1126/science.307.5709.508b

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SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA-- Nearly 2500 astronomers skirted floods and a washed-out bridge to attend the largest-ever meeting of the American Astronomical Society, 9 to 13 January. A new satellite dedicated to spotting the most powerful cosmic explosions caught an "amazing" nine gamma ray bursts in its first 12 days of operation, astronomers reported.