cosmic cataclyms

Critical Review In November of 1999 an article about cosmic cataclysms appeared in Time magazine. A cosmic cataclysm is also known as a gamma-ray burst. These gamma bursts cant be seen with the naked eye and they release more energy than our sun releases in its whole lifetime. As of now, no one is really sure whats causing these large blasts. Hopefully this will change as astrophysicists meet to discuss the blasts and as satellites are launched into space to capture the phenomenon. Even though no one is positively sure why the blasts occur, some have ideas. One theory deals with dead stars that turn into very dense neutron stars that hold powerful gravity fields. If it should happen that two of these neutron stars should start to orbit each other it would result in a massive gamma burst. There have also been talks about great stellar outbursts called hypernovas, or supernovas. Regardless of whatever causes the burst, theyve been around forever and they happen over three hundred times a year. When reading this article there were many questions I wished I could have asked. I was most curious about the possibility of this same thing happening to all dead stars. I came to the conclusion that if all dead stars can turn into neutron stars than its always possible that the star can get caught up in another stars orbit. This article had much relevance to some of the things weve discussed in class. Weve discussed the birth and death of stars in class so while reading this article it answered some of my questions about stars after death. I didnt know if a dead star kept orbiting like it did while alive or if the star exploded. I guess I thought that the star kept the same orbit and the properties changed, such as temperature, composition, density, and so on. Now I know that things like gamma bursts can happen causing an explosion that gives off a huge energy blast. I also think that if we knew wha…

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