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Fraser
2005-Dec-07, 10:32 PM
SUMMARY: NASA's RHESSI satellite may have uncovered new clues about the most powerful explosions in the Universe when it accidentally caught an image of a gamma-ray burst while capturing images of solar flares on the Sun. What RHESSI discovered is that the light coming from the burst is polarized, which indicates that a powerful magnetic field could be the cause. When a giant star becomes a rapidly spinning black hole, it could twist up the magnetic field so much that the whole object explodes like an uncoiled spring.

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