Bright Flash in Space May Actually Have Been Rocket Junk

In 2017, a team of astronomers looking at the oldest and most distant galaxy in the observable universe saw something weird in their data: a flash of bright light, which they last year reported could have been a gamma-ray burst that emanated from a star within the ancient galaxy. But other astronomers weren’t so sure, and this week two papers in Nature Astronomy posit an alternative explanation.

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