EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3:00 p.m. EST, March 25, 1999
RELEASE NO: NOAO 99-02

KITT PEAK ASTRONOMERS OBSERVE POWERFUL GAMMA-RAY BURST

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Image Caption:

The afterglow of GRB 990123 , which at the time of this observation remained brighter than its host galaxy, is pointed to by the arrow in this image from the National Science Foundation's 0.9-meter telescope on Kitt Peak. Observations of the Gamma-Ray Burster, first detected on 23 Jan 1999, will contribute to astronomers' understanding of these very unusual, and as yet unexplained, objects.

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