Surfing The Skies On The Internet

ASTRONOMERS PEERING INTO THE HEAVENS ARE GETTING a boost from another kind of space--cyberspace. At Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, researchers capture images of mysterious, short-lived bursts of gamma rays in space. Their telescope takes good pictures but may not be looking where bursts are likely to occur. So astronomers rely on an orbiting observatory. It finds the bursts and alerts a ground station in Maryland, where computers calculate the coordinates and relay them to Livermore over the Net.

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