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Cool Gamma Burst Fact - Introduction

Gamma-ray Bursts

How Much Energy Is There In A Gamma-ray Burst?

There are 1051 ergs, about the same as a supernova. This assumes that essentially all of the energy comes out in gamma-rays. If there is inefficiency in conversion of energy to gamma-rays, the total energy must be even greater.


A service of the High Energy Astrophysics Science Archive Research Center (HEASARC), Dr. Alan Smale (Director), within the Astrophysics Science Division (ASD) at NASA/GSFC

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