Mar 222008

Stellar Explosion Is Most Distant Object Visible to Naked Eye

Nature and the universe never cease to amaze me.

Yesterday morning a a gamma ray burst was observed that was so bright it would have been visible to the naked eye.  It became the furthest away object to be visible with the naked eye for a short while and set a record.

Scientists estimated it was 7.5 billion light years away.

Gamma ray burst are the brightest explosions in the universe since the big bang.  They are caused when a when massive stars use up their fuel and collapse into a black hole or a neutron star.

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