Neutron Stars Unite To Form 'Pencil-Thin' Radiation Beams | Video

In Sept. 2014, NASA's Swift spacecraft detected a gamma-ray burst (GRB 140903A). By combining the data with x-ray and optical observation, astronomers determined that it was caused by a merger of neutron stars in a galaxy 3.9 billion light years from Earth. There were also indications that thin beams of radiation were emanating from the event. Video Show: X-Ray The Sky - Chandra's Cosmos

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