This Day In Astro History

Gamma Ray Burst
Artist's illustration showing the life of a massive star as nuclear fusion converts lighter elements into heavier ones.

February 28

1997 - GRB 970228, a highly luminous flash of gamma rays, strikes the Earth for 80 seconds, providing early evidence that gamma-ray bursts occur well beyond the Milky Way.

1956 - Penny Diane Sackett, Australian astronomer and former director of the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics (RSAA) at the Australian National University and the Chief Scientist of Australia from November 2008 until March 2011 was born in Lincoln, Nebraska.
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