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 Release No.: 03-11: "CSI" Astronomers Link Gamma Ray Bursts and Supernovae
For Release: Thursday, April 10, 2003

GRB030329 Artist's conception of the violent blast of gamma rays emitted byGRB030329in the constellation Leo. Astronomers Peter Garnavich (Notre Dame), TomMatheson and Krzysztof Stanek (CfA) obtained the first direct prooflinkinggamma-ray bursts and supernovae by observing this burst with the MMTtelescope at Mount Hopkins. Gamma-ray bursts are explosions so powerfulthatthey can be seen across billions of light-years of space, emitting tentimesas much energy in a few seconds as the Sun will release in its entire10-billion-year lifetime. (Credit: David A. Aguilar, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics)

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The location of gamma-ray burst GRB030329 before (top) and after (bottom) the burst erupted. The host galaxy containing the burst is too distant and faint to be seen. (Credit: Peter Challis, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics)

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