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Scientists detected the burst using NASA's Swift satellite. Several ground-based telescopes, including the international Southern Observatory for Astrophysical Research (SOAR) in Chile, measured the astounding distance as the embers faded.

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Dr. Kim Weaver-Moderator
NASA HQ Program Scientist and Press Liaison

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Dr. Neil Gehrels
Swift principal investigator, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md

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Dr. Daniel Reichart
Assistant Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

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Dr. Donald Lamb
Professor, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Chicago, Chicago

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