Our planet’s magnetic field and ozone protect us from most of the dangerous space radiation, but if we were zapped with anything much more energetic, or from something closer, we would not be likely to survive.
The latest episode of YouTube channel Kurzgesagt – German for ‘ in a nutshell’ – explains what would happen if a gamma ray burst occurred in our galaxy, and what the chances of this happening actually are.
Gamma ray bursts (GRBs), energetic jets of gamma rays that come from black holes, can be created in two different ways – resulting in long or short GRBs.
They are created from some of the most violent deaths in the universe.
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