In the black void of deep space, between all the stars and galaxies, are an infinite number of things that could someday be coming to kill us. We've only just started to get our act together when it comes to watching for planet-smashing asteroids, but that's only the very beginning. Take, for instance, the gamma ray burst.
More than just the title of a fantastic song, gamma ray bursts are streams of deep space photos so powerful that they can smash through atomic bonds, which in layman's terms means they are streams of radiation that can kill you dead real fast.
As the YouTube channel Kurzgesagt (In a Nutshell) explains, gamma ray bursts originate from wreckage of colliding neutron stars and expend the same amount of energy our sun will produce in 10 billion years in a single second. What's more, they do it in a beam that can travel tremendous distances, getting broader all the while but not losing much of their potency.
These bursts are happening all the time, but they're generally born in such distant reaches of the universe that they never travel particularly close to us. That's good news because while our ozone layer protects us from most gamma rays, a powerful burst would be far too much to handle. It's fascinating to know, but maybe best to not dwell on unless you're a fan of cosmic existential dread.
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