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Astronomers Nail Down Origin of Gamma Ray Bursts

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Science  20 Jun 2003:
Vol. 300, Issue 5627, pp. 1860
DOI: 10.1126/science.300.5627.1860

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For decades, no one had a clue about the origin of the brief, intense flashes of high-energy radiation known as gamma ray bursts. Now, astronomers are confident that superenergetic supernovae are the culprit.