Razmik Mirzoyan at the Max Planck Institute of Physics in Munich, Germany, further stated that Lhaaso’s input was crucial to spotting the cosmic explosion.

“Lhaaso’s wide field of view, combined with its sensitivity, makes it a very powerful detector for measuring diverse classes of cosmic and gamma rays at very high energies,” he said.

An extremely rare event

Shaolin added that the event was indeed very rare. “Actually it’s one of the closest gamma-ray bursts that has ever happened – something that only occurs every few decades or even once a century,” he said.

The next steps now are for astronomers around the world to work together to better understand GRB 221009A, using data from both the explosion and the afterglow that followed it..

“In an event like this, a supernova is expected to show up about two weeks after the explosion,” said Bing Zhang from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

The event highlights the amazing discoveries that can be made when scientists worldwide join forces and work toward a common goal.