Originally posted by woadman
Are there any Gamma Ray Bursts coming our way ? How much warning will we have, and would the government tell us or leave us in the dark?
Are there any Gamma Ray Bursts coming our way ?
It is impossible to tell if any are coming our way because the exact moment any one will occur is unpredictable and, even if the one is heading our way, it would be heading our way at the speed of light making it impossible to detect until it has already reached us.
How much warning will we have
and would the government tell us or leave us in the dark?
No, because the government will be just as in the dark as the rest of us.
However, there is very little to worry about here because, in most cases, there is no danger to us from Gamma Ray Bursts because they would just be too far away from us to pose a threat. It is extremely unlikely that there will be any close enough to us to pose a threat within our lifetime because it would have to be very close indeed ( within just a few light years; NOT merely on "our side of the galaxy" as a horizon program falsely claimed ) to have a disastrous effect on our biosphere. You are more likely to be killed by an asteroid impact ( I think ) or run over by a bus with an idiot bus driver ( definitely ).