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Gamma-ray bling!

Scientists uncover chronology of record-setting gamma-ray burst

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9:53am, May 22, 2008

For 40 seconds on March 13, a pinpoint of light suddenly appeared in the constellation Bootes, shining more brightly then 10 million galaxies. The radiation accompanied a powerful stellar explosion halfway across the universe and set two records: It was the most distant naked-eye object ever recorded from Earth and the most luminous.

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