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Farthest Bang: A burst that goes the distance

9:42am, September 14, 2005

Seconds after NASA's Swift satellite recorded a gamma-ray burst on Sept. 4, astronomers' cell phones buzzed, beepers went off, and an e-mail alert flashed on more than 1,000 computer screens. It was the 68th time that Swift had notified astronomers about a cosmic explosion, and this one didn't initially appear to be exceptional.

But this week, a team of astronomers announced that the burst is the most distant one ever detected, hailing from the long-ago era when galaxies and stars first lit up the heavens. The findi

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