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A gamma-ray burst
- Title A gamma-ray burst
- Released 15/02/2006 3:57 pm
- Copyright ESA (Illustration by AOES Medialab)
This artist's impression illustrates how a gamma-ray burst can flare dramatically over a short time period (gamma ray bursts usually last between a hundredth of a second to a hundred seconds). The bursts can occur as often as several times a day. There is no way to predict when or where they will next occur.
ESA missions such as XMM-Newton, Integral and Ulysses study these mysterious, powerful bursts.
- Id 231280