Artist’s impression of a gamma-ray burst

Gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) are powerful flashes of energetic gamma-rays lasting from less than a second to several minutes. They release a tremendous amount of energy in this short time making them the most powerful events in the Universe. They are thought to be mostly associated with the explosion of stars that collapse into black holes. In the explosion, two jets of very fast-moving material are ejected, as depicted in this artist’s illustration. If a jet happens to be aimed at Earth, we see a brief but powerful gamma-ray burst.

Crediti:

ESO/A. Roquette

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Identificazione:eso0917a
Tipo:Illustrazione
Data di rilascio:28 Aprile 2009
Notizie relative:eso0917
Grandezza:3500 x 2000 px

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Nome:Gamma-ray burst
Tipo:Early Universe : Cosmology : Phenomenon : Gamma Ray Burst
Distanza:z=8.2 (spostamento del rosso)
Categoria:Cosmology
Illustrations

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