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Europe's Black Hole Hunter Is Ready to Fly

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Science  04 Oct 2002:
Vol. 298, Issue 5591, pp. 47
DOI: 10.1126/science.298.5591.47

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UTRECHT, THE NETHERLANDS-- Supernovas, gamma ray bursts, black holes, neutron stars, active galactic nuclei, and sites of massive matter-antimatter annihilation: The most turbulent and cataclysmic events of the universe should soon give up their secrets to Europe's International Gamma-Ray Astrophysics Laboratory, to be launched later this month. Anticipation is running so high that the first year of observing time is already oversubscribed--by a factor of 20.