October 06, 2005
Burst Bust

Slashdot linked up news that one of the biggest astronomical mysteries of the past 35 years may finally have been solved:

The most intense explosions in the universe come in two varieties. One type lasts several seconds, and the others are gone in less than a second.

Until now, astronomers had not pinned down the sources of the short-duration bursts.

New observations show convincingly that they are created by collisions of two very dense objects, likely neutron stars or a neutron star and a black hole, as theory had predicted.

I think we've linked up three or four "solutions" to this problem, so (in my oh-so-greatly-informed opinion) this one is probably also a "wait-and-see" sort of thing.

Posted by scott at October 06, 2005 10:19 AM

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