Something Offbeat: A deep space explosion

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Back in October, astronomers were dazzled when a flash of light from the depths of space was detected by NASA’s Fermi telescope.

Scientists there say it was a gamma ray burst that traveled nearly two billion years from the Sagitta constellation.

They also say it was one of the most luminous bursts ever recorded and that it could be the “birth cry” of a new black hole. Is this something we should be worried about?

Dr. Brian Thomas, leader of the research team studying astro-biophysics at Astronomy at Washburn University, joined “Something Offbeat” podcast to explain how us Earthlings might be impacted by gamma ray bursts, black holes and more.

“Well, you know, a black hole is a little bit misunderstood,” he explained. “It’s not quite like a cosmic vacuum cleaner, going around sucking everything out that it can. It’s basically just a really dense object.”

Listen to learn more about the mysterious origins of the explosions that cause gamma ray burst events, as well as what space phenomenon we should really be concerned about and where to find tips to prepare for them.

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