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Gamma-ray burst illuminates galaxy in dark ages
August 6, 2013
A star exploded 12 billion years ago, and Gemini Observatory observed this gamma-ray burst as recently as June, enabling the detailed study of light from one of the most distant cases of a gamma-ray burst illuminating a galaxy ever observed.
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