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  • April 21, 2011

    Episode 329: Odd Explosion

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    NASA's SWIFT satellite is very productive at detecting blasts of gamma ray radiation from stars and black holes. Recently it detected an unusual explosion. The mystery explosion was more energetic and lasted longer than other such blasts. Astronomers used many telescopes, including the CHANDRA X-ray Observatory and the Hubble Space Telescope, to study the object. Is it a star being ripped apart by a supermassive black hole in the center of a galaxy?