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Scientists Image Gamma Ray Burst As It Occurs
News story originally written on January 30, 1999

Last week scientists took pictures of a gamma ray burst while it was still happening. Gamma ray bursts are very fast and it's hard to take pictures of them. This is the first time scientists have ever taken a picture of one.

Scientists used a computer-conrolled telescope to look at the burst. It would have taken too long for a person to find it. The burst began to fade after less than half a minute.

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