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VOL. 23, NO. 23May 20, 1998

A New Beginning:
More Than 30,000 Expected as 9,000 Graduate at Exercises on 244th Commencement

Columbia Astronomers Report Biggest Explosion Ever Observed

Thanks to the quick action of an “astronomical SWAT team” at Columbia, scientists have detected the largest explosion in the universe.
  The explosion, a blast of high-energy radiation known as a gamma-ray burst, was found in the constellation Ursa Major and lasted about a second, releasing almost as much energy as the 10 billion trillion stars in the universe combined.
  A rapid series of phone calls between astronomers around the world brought powerful telescopes to focus on the event, which occurred 12 billion years ago when the universe was relatively young.—See FULL STORY.

Commencement 1998

Next Issue:  The next issue of the Columbia University RECORD will be dated June 12. The Calendar deadline is June 5.