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Astronomers Pinpoint Origin of Photons in Mysterious Gamma-Ray Bursts

4 Apr 2019, 01:21 UTC
Astronomers Pinpoint Origin of Photons in Mysterious Gamma-Ray Bursts NASA/D.Berry

Scientists from the RIKEN Cluster for Pioneering Research and collaborators have used simulations to show that the photons emitted by long gamma-ray bursts–one of the most energetic events to take place in the universe–originate in the photosphere–the visible portion of the “relativistic jet” that is emitted by exploding stars.

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