NASA’s Hubble solves mystery of the origin of short gamma ray bursts

It has long been predicted that a kilonova would accompany a short-duration GRB, but this is the first time anyone has witnessed such an event.

NASA’s Hubble solves mystery of the origin of short gamma ray bursts

Science Recorder | Stephanie Verkoeyen | Monday, August 05, 2013

Strong evidence from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope lends support to the theory that short-duration gamma ray bursts are produced from the merging of two small, super-dense stellar objects. The proof came with the detection of a new stellar blast, called a kilonova. A kilonova occurs when a pair of compact objects crash together, releasing a burst of energy... To continue reading, subscribe to Science Recorder today.

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