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Q&A: General Astronomy and Space Science

Q:
I have never heard of any one mentioning gamma rays. Do gamma rays exist in space?

A:
There are gamma rays in space, and probably every kind of radiation you can think of. [More information on the electromagnetic spectrum is available at http://chandra.harvard.edu/resources/em_radiation.html & http://chandra.harvard.edu/xray_astro/xrays.html]

In fact, the most mysterious objects in the universe are very hot flashes of light that emit mostly in the gamma ray energy, called gamma ray bursts. We have a description of gamma ray bursts at http://chandra.harvard.edu/xray_sources/grb.html

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