Largest Space Radiation Burst From Black Hole Witnessed

February 20, 2009

US (ChattahBox) – NASA’s Fermi telescope has recorded the largest ever radiation blast, as a star imploded to create a black hole.

The blast is much larger than any other they have previously seen, and is said to be equal to the explosion of thousands of smaller stars.

“This is the most spectacular burst ever seen at high energy,” Dr Valerie Connaughton, of the University of Alabama, said.

“If the event that caused this blew out in every direction instead of being a focused beam, it would be equivalent to 4.9 times the mass of the Sun being converted to gamma rays in a matter of minutes.”

The explosion went on for more then 23 minutes, a record. Usually these radiation blasts will only last a few seconds, and so the images captured were particularly spectacular.

“We were waiting for this one,” Peter Michelson, a head researcher at Fermi’s Stanford location, said.

“Burst emissions at these energies are still poorly understood, and Fermi is giving us the tools to understand them.”


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