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Giant New Telescope Bags Gamma Ray Burst

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Science  21 May 1999:
Vol. 284, Issue 5418, pp. 1251
DOI: 10.1126/science.284.5418.1251a

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Early last week, another of the remote, powerful explosions called gamma ray bursts flared in the southern sky, in full view of the Southern Hemisphere's largest telescope, the new Very Large Telescope in Chile. As it faded, the burst's visible afterglow provided what may be the strongest support yet for a budding theory that these mysterious blasts emit radiation in two opposing beams, which makes them visible at great distances when one of the beams happens to be directed at Earth.