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A twist in the tale of γ-ray bursts

An unusually long burst of γ-rays zapped Earth in December 2011, lasting 4 hours. The cause of this burst is now proposed to be a peculiar supernova produced by a spinning magnetic neutron star. See Letter p.189

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Figure 1: Energetics and duration of γ-ray bursts.

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Smartt, S. A twist in the tale of γ-ray bursts. Nature 523, 164–166 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1038/523164b

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