You’re looking at the most powerful X-ray blast ever recorded. You can be thankful we have an atmosphere. This thing was so strong that – even five billion light-years away – it overwhelmed the Swift observatory’s instruments. Nobody knows what it really was.
The Swift mission’s chief scientist David Burrows, at Pennsylvania State University in University, is bewildered by the findings.
[The software]basically threw up its hands and said, ‘Something must be wrong, because the data doesn’t make sense.’ We’re very puzzled – we don’t understand it yet. Every once in a while something comes along that’s completely unexpected and this is one of them.
The explosion only lasted a few seconds – with Swift receiving 143,000 X-ray photons per second – but the glow continued for 10 minutes after that.
Astronomers don’t know exactly what’s the origin, so here are my scientific guesses: a) The Kree and the Skrull finally annihilated each other using twin versions of the Ultimate Nullifier; b) Klaatoo bought himself a new camera; c) Galactus has some serious intestinal problems.