On Feb 28, 1997, the Italian-Dutch satellite BeppoSax detected the first
afterglow of a gamma-ray burst. From its precise determination of the
position of the X-ray counterpart, optical observers were able to
determine that the burst had occured in a distant galaxy. The puzzle
as to where GRBs occur had finally been solved.
This became the first of many such detections, and opened the field of
GRBs to a new array of theories and explanations. Much remains a
mystery, but discovery on that day led to a new understanding of the
most powerful explosions in the Universe.
We offer a second look at number of articles on GRBs:
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Publication Date: February 2007