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01-Oct-98 | Gamma ray flare

A tremendous gamma ray flare reached Earth on 27 August (29-Sep-98 NASA Press Release). The flare, emitted from a newly discovered type of star called a magnetar, was so bright that it saturated the gamma ray detectors aboard the Rossi X-Ray Timing Explorer (Delta 230) even though RXTE was pointed over 40 degrees away. At least 6 other spacecraft were similarly affected, including NEAR.


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