The record-breaking gamma-ray burst (BOAT) continues to amaze scientists

Last year, on October 9, scientists witnessed an anomaly in the sky.

Emerging from the interstellar darkness, an abundance of deep-space X-rays began to flood observatories. These signals appear to be linked to an extremely bright event occurring in our galaxy known as a gamma ray burst (GRB) — a stream of highly energetic particles associated with things like star explosions and the birth of black holes. But as one expert said, for example, these GRBs are to a standard what a floodlight is to a light bulb.

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