What Are Gamma-ray Bursts?

What Are Gamma-ray Bursts?

eBook - 2011
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Gamma-ray bursts are the brightest--and, until recently, among the least understood--cosmic events in the universe. Discovered by chance during the cold war, these evanescent high-energy explosions confounded astronomers for decades. But a rapid series of startling breakthroughs beginning in 1997 revealed that the majority of gamma-ray bursts are caused by the explosions of young and massive stars in the vast star-forming cauldrons of distant galaxies. New findings also point to very different origins for some events, serving to complicate but enrich our understanding of the exotic and violent.
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2011
ISBN: 9781400837007
1400837006
9780691145563
0691145563
9780691145570
0691145571
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xii, 256 pages) : illustrations, map

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