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Death Star

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In 1967, a United States satellite network intended to monitor Soviet compliance with the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty detected unusual signals coming from outer space. Defying astronomers' expectations, these turned out to be unimaginably violent bursts of gamma-ray radiation located at the far edges of the known universe. The titanic explosions are so far back in time that they conceal clues to the birth of the very first stars and black holes, back when the cosmos had barely begun. "Death Star" is an intimate detective story of the quest by leading astronomers to solve the riddle of the gamma-ray bursts—the most energetic events ever detected and brighter than a billion billion suns.

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