Flash, aah-aah! Could a gamma ray burst eradicate all life on Earth?

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Ever since they were discovered accidentally in the 1960s, gamma ray bursts (GRBs) have continued to amaze and puzzle astronomers worldwide. In nearly 50 years of research there seem to have been more theories trying to explain GRBs then there have been actual GRBs.

So just what are GRBs? Where do they come from? And what would happen if one occurred in our cosmic backyard?

Period20 Feb 2012

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  • TitleFlash, aah-aah! Could a gamma ray burst eradicate all life on Earth?
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletThe Conversation
    Media typeWeb
    CountryAustralia
    Date20/02/12
    DescriptionEver since they were discovered accidentally in the 1960s, gamma ray bursts (GRBs) have continued to amaze and puzzle astronomers worldwide. In nearly 50 years of research there seem to have been more theories trying to explain GRBs then there have been actual GRBs.
    So just what are GRBs? Where do they come from? And what would happen if one occurred in our cosmic backyard?
    URLhttps://theconversation.com/flash-aah-aah-could-a-gamma-ray-burst-eradicate-all-life-on-earth-5291
    PersonsDavid Coward