Gamma-Ray Gala

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Gamma-Rays? Aren’t those what turned Bruce Banner into the Hulk?

Oh, you mean they REALLY exist? But what are they?

According to NASA, gamma-rays have the smallest wavelengths and the most energy of any wave in the electromagnetic spectrum. They are produced by the hottest and most energetic objects in the universe, such as neutron stars and pulsars, supernova explosions, and regions around black holes. Here on Earth, we generate them by nuclear explosion, lightning, and radioactive decay activity. They cannot be captured or reflected by mirrors.

Let all of that sink in. Pretty impressive, huh?

But wait, there’s more.

A gamma-ray burst can release more energy in ten seconds than our Sun will emit over the course of ten-billion years!

If you think about all the gamma-rays flying around you start to wonder why we all haven’t become green-skinned superheroes by now.

As usual, we really don’t understand everything there is to know about these, along with just about every other cosmic phenomenon. As this recent article explains, the Brightest Of All Time gamma-ray event defies our current supposed understanding and opens the doors to learning more.

The take away here?

Do some research to better understand these invisible rays that pass through and around us and keep your eyes open for new revelations. You never know if a transformation awaits in our near or distant futures!

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