Strange black hole born near the beginning of time
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I wish I had the imagination to make this stuff up
First few paragraphs
The most distant explosion ever recorded, signaling the birth of a black
hole near the beginning of time, was more chaotic and lasted longer than
astronomers would have expected.
The event was first reported last fall. Today scientists released new
findings and an _animation_
(http://www.space.com/php/video/player.php?video_id=BlackHoleBirthBurst) that depicts a strange sequence of events in which the
explosion of a massive star first settles down but then fires back up several
times toward the end.
Astronomers speculate that the black hole did not form instantly, as theory
predicts, but that it was a prolonged process.
"This was a massive star that lived fast and died young," said David
Burrows, a professor of astronomy and astrophysics at Penn State and author of one
of three papers in the March 9 issue of the journal Nature.
The burst, named GRB 050904, originated 12.8 billion light-years away, which
means it occurred 12.8 billion years ago and the light took that long to
reach us. It erupted very nearly at the beginning of time — the universe is
about 13.7 billion years old.
The event provides the first glimpse of a star when the universe was in its
infant stages. Until now, only entire galaxies had been observed so far
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