Joined: 20 Nov 00
This article is strange. Any possible explanation will do.
It was a spark in the night. A flash of X-rays from a galaxy hovering nearly invisibly on the edge of infinity.
Astronomers say they do not know what caused it.
The orbiting Chandra X-ray Observatory, was in the midst of a 75-day survey of a patch of sky known as the Chandra Deep Field-South, when it recorded the burst from a formerly quiescent spot in the cosmos.
For a few brief hours on Oct 1, 2014, the X-rays were a thousand times brighter than all the light from its home galaxy, a dwarf unremarkable speck almost 11 billion light years from here, in the constellation Fornax. Then whatever had gone bump in the night was over and the X-rays died.
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Joined: 5 Nov 00
I'm still trying to fathom the distance of 11 billion light years away!
The mind is a weird and mysterious place
Joined: 19 Nov 00
It means that the source of the light you are seeing may not exist any more!!!
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