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The best look ever at a giant flare – Tech Explorist

An intense flash of light from an erupting neutron star in a nearby galaxy in April 2020 has given astronomers their first clear look at a type of gamma-ray burst…

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In April 2020, astronomers detected an intense flash of light from an erupting neutron star in a nearby galaxy. The discovery offers astronomers their first clear look at a type of gamma-ray burst known as a magnetar giant flare.
Various space-based instruments, including NASA’s Fermi Gamma-beam Space Telescope, estimated a concise eruption of high-recurrence light that moved through the solar system on April 15.
Astrophysicist Matthew Baring, a professor of physics and astronomy at Rice University,…

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