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Re: Yahoo! News Story - Telescope snaps most distant object

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  • mahtezcatpoc
    Let me see if I can get coordinates for this object, GRB 090423. Mark A. Holmes
    Message 1 of 3 , May 2, 2009
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      Let me see if I can get coordinates for this object, GRB 090423.


      Mark A. Holmes


      --- In thefixedstars@yahoogroups.com, "mahtezcatpoc" <mahtezcatpoc@...> wrote:
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      > --- In thefixedstars@yahoogroups.com, Mark Holmes <mahtezcatpoc@> wrote:
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      > > Mark Holmes (mahtezcatpoc@) has sent you a news article.
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      > > Personal message:
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      > > Telescope snaps most distant object
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      > > http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090428/sc_nm/us_space_object
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      > > ============================================================
      > > Yahoo! News
      > > http://news.yahoo.com/
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      > Telescope snaps most distant object
      > Reuters
      > …
      > Tue Apr 28, 2:23 pm ET
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      > WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Astronomers tracking a mysterious blast of energy called a gamma ray burst said on Tuesday they had snapped a photograph of the most distant object in the universe -- a smudge 13 billion light-years away.
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      > Hawaii's Gemini Observatory caught the image earlier this month after a satellite first detected the burst.
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      > "Our infrared observations from Gemini immediately suggested that this was an unusually distant burst, these images were the smoking gun," said Edo Berger of the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
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      > Distortions in the light signature of the object show it is 13 billion years old -- at the speed of light, 13 billion light-years away. A light-year is 6 trillion miles (10 trillion km).
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      > This makes it easily the most distant object ever seen by humanity, Berger said.
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      > Gamma-ray bursts are luminous explosions that mostly occur when massive stars run out of fuel and begin collapsing into either a black hole or a neutron star.
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      > "I have been chasing gamma-ray bursts for a decade, trying to find such a spectacular event," said Berger. "We now have the first direct proof that the young universe was teeming with exploding stars and newly-born black holes only a few hundred million years after the Big Bang," he said.
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      > (Reporting by Maggie Fox; Editing by Bill Trott)
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