Gamma-ray burst 080319B, artwork

Gamma-ray burst 080319B, artwork

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Credit: EUROPEAN SOUTHERN OBSERVATORY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Caption: Gamma-ray burst (GRB 080319B), artwork. GRBs are extremely high-energy events that may be the result of a neutron star being torn apart by a black hole. This GRB occurred around 7.5 billion light years from Earth, in the constellation Bootes, observed on 19 March 2008 by the Swift Gamma-Ray Burst Mission. It was so intense that it was briefly the most distant object visible to the naked eye. It consisted of a narrow jet and a wider jet (both shown here), with similar jets emerging from the star's other pole. The brightness of this event was due to the narrow jet pointing directly at Earth.Restrictions:

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