Our universe is filled with things that go flicker, flare, and boom in the night. One of the most amazing events we can catch are gamma-ray bursts. We didn’t know anything in the universe produced these high energy light waves until they were accidentally discovered in the 1960s when politicians launched gamma-ray detecting spacecraft to monitor the planet for nuclear explosions. Today, we know they come in at least 3 different forms: two varieties of short bursts, and longer bursts we’re still working out the details on. Back in 2020, a long gamma-ray burst attempted to masquerade as a short…

Pamela L. Gay, Ph.D.

Astronomer, technologist, & creative focused on using new media to engage people in learning and doing science. Opinions & typos my own.

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