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Blast From the Past Offers Clues About Early Universe
October 28, 2009
Astronomers using the National Science Foundation's Very Large Array (VLA) radio telescope have gained insight into the nature of the most distant object ever observed in the universe--a gigantic stellar explosion known as a gamma ray burst (GRB). The explosion was first detected on April 23, 2009 by NASA's Swift satellite, and scientists soon realized that it was more than 13 billion light-years from Earth.
National Radio Astronomy Laboratory (NRAO)
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