Maunakea Observatories’ quick reflexes capture fleeting flash

Astronomers have discovered the second-most distant short gamma-ray burst (SGRB) ever detected using two Maunakea Observatories in Hawaii. It’s also the most distant SGRB to have its optical afterglow captured. W. M. Keck Observatory and the international Gemini Observatory (on Maunakea) data confirm the SGRB is located 10 billion light-years away when the universe was in its ‘teenage years.’ Finding an SGRB this early in time is surprising and could alter theories about their origins.