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revolution
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It's so far away that the light took 7.5billion years to get here but it is so bright that you could see it with your unaided eye.

Swift detected an explosion from deep space that was so powerful that its afterglow was briefly visible to the naked eye. Even more astonishing, the explosion itself took place halfway across the visible universe!

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"No other known object or type of explosion could be seen by the naked eye at such an immense distance,"
There is also a really nice animation showing a binary star system colliding:
http://www.nasa.gov/mpg/165467main_208 Binary Star Merger V001_NASA WebV_1.mpg

Another link with some more information:
http://www.nasa.gov/centers/goddard/news/topstory/2008/brightest_grb.html
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Borsuc



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Borsuc
hmm maybe some aliens self-destruct themselves...

I mean, people never take these things as possible explanations, that's why we never 'see' aliens as we discard all possible signs. Wink
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or maybe it's the reflection of our future on a very big and far mirror...
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