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Bright blasts of radiation from the center of a galaxy 3.8 billion light-years from Earth are puzzling astronomers

 
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Bright blasts of radiation from the center of a galaxy 3.8 billion light-years from Earth are puzzling astronomers
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Astronomers are tracking unusual, extremely bright blasts of radiation coming from the center of a galaxy 3.8 billion light-years from Earth.

Typically, a burst as powerful as the one seen in the Draco constellation marks the death throes of a massive star, but that's usually a one-time event. So far, the source has brightened four times since Tuesday.

The first sign of the event was on March 28 when the Swift gamma-ray detector picked up a burst. Automated messages went out to astronomers' cell phones and they quickly mobilized to get a better fix on the blast's location.

Follow-up observations showed the source was a distant galaxy. But most surprising is that the outburst didn't stop.

"Most gamma-ray bursts go off once and then they fade away into nothingness," astronomer Andrew Levan, with the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom, told Discovery News. "This burst went off four times in the space of two days and it carries on being bright even now."
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