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Gamma Rays of the Dead Shine Like a Nightmare into the Eyes of the…

When you look into the heart of the Crab Nebula, you are staring at the gamma-radiation-soaked nightmare of history. You may have already known that this gorgeous nebula is the result of a supernova that Chinese and Arab astronomers recorded back in 1054. But what you didn't know is that the dead star became a pulsar… » 8/28/08 4:30pm 8/28/08 4:30pm