Friday, March 21, 2008
Tiny blink in the sky
Did anyone happen to be outside looking at the night sky around 2 or 3 in the morning early Wednesday? You might have seen sort of a funny-looking 'extra' star up there. Lasted about an hour. Nothing fancy.
Turns out, all it was was a star 40 times more massive than the sun exploding 7.5 billion years ago about 44,086,280,000,000,000,000,000 miles from earth. That's all.
NASA SWIFT News story
Here is an animation from http://grb.fuw.edu.pl/pi/ot/grb080319b/normal.html.