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The astonishing jet of an extreme gamma-ray burst

Gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) are short duration transient phenomena lasting from a few seconds to hundreds of seconds. These bursts are localized on the sky using gamma-ray detectors onboard satellites orbiting Earth. The satellites pinpoint the direction of the burst, allowing astronomers to rapidly point their... click to read more

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Reading time 4 min
published on Nov 20, 2023
The mystery of fast radio bursts: another piece to the puzzle that doesn’t quite fit

In 2007, Duncan Lorimer and his colleagues announced the discovery of a flash of radio light that was not only extremely short and bright but that also seemed to be coming from a galaxy far away from our own. At the time, the astronomical community... click to read more

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Reading time 4 min
published on May 17, 2023