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OKAYAMA (Kyodo) A team of astronomers said Friday it has observed the afterglow of a gamma-ray burst that took place about 12 billion light years from Earth, the sixth-farthest burst ever and the farthest one reported by a Japanese observatory.

The team comprises researchers from Okayama Astrophysical Observatory, a National Astronomical Observatory of Japan facility in the town of Kamogata, Okayama Prefecture, Tokyo Institute of Technology, and Kyoto University.

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