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A team of astronomers has discovered a cosmic explosion that seems to have come from the middle of nowhere — thousands of light-years from the nearest galaxy-sized collection of stars, gas, and dust. This "shot in the dark" is surprising because the type of explosion, a long-duration gamma-ray burst (GRB), is thought to be powered by the death of a massive star.
Originally posted by Gools
[...]but I'm sure that some astrophysicists will come up with some complicated convoluted explanation involving dark matter that we (conveniently) cannot detect nor see.
One possibility is that the star formed in the outskirts of an interacting galaxy, as seen in the famous Hubble Space Telescope picture of the "Tadpole" galaxy, UGC 10214. "In the local universe, about one percent of star formation happens in tidal tails, on the outskirts of two interacting galaxies," says Cenko. "So it might even make sense to find one in 100 gamma-ray bursts in such an environment."
If this idea is correct, it should be possible to detect the tidal tail hosting GRB 070125 by taking a long exposure with the Hubble Space Telescope. "That's definitely our next stop," says Cenko.
I also wonder if it was anywhere near the largest void in space found.
Biggest void in space is 1 billion light years across
Food for thought.
The void, which is nearly a billion light years across, is empty of both normal matter and dark matter.
Originally posted by dark_matter06
I'm no space expert but how is it we can see explosions millions of light years away but we can't see the flag on the moon? I'm sure it's an easy answer, I just don't know it.