Why do x-ray [ http://www.colorado.edu/physics/2000/xray/ ] rings appear to emanate from a gamma-ray burst? The surprising answer has little to do with the explosion itself but rather with light reflected off sheets of dust [ http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap030721.html ]-laden gas in our own Milky Way Galaxy [ http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/milky_way.html ]. GRB 031203 [ http://www.ucolick.org/~xavier/GRB/031203/ ] was a tremendous explosion -- a gamma-ray burst [ http://imagine.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/science/know_l1/ bursts.html ] that occurred far across the universe with radiation just arriving in our Solar System last December 3. Since GRBs [ http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/apod/ apod_search?GRB ] can also emit copious amounts of x-rays, a bright flash of x-rays [ http://www.arxiv.org/abs/astro-ph/0312603 ] likely arrived simultaneously with the gamma-radiation [ http://imagine.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/science/know_l1/ emspectrum.html ]. In this case [ http://www.star.le.ac.uk/~sav2/grb031203/ ], the x-rays also bounced off two slabs of cosmic dust [ http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap030706.html ] nearly 3500 light-years [ http://starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/StarChild/questions/ question19.html ] distant and created the unusual reflections [ http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap030402.html ]. The longer path from the GRB, to the dust slab, to the XMM-Newton telescope [ http://sci.esa.int/science-e/www/area/ index.cfm?fareaid=23 ] caused the x-ray light echoes [ http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap971023.html ] to arrive well after the GRB.