Fast radio bursts (FRB) have been puzzling scientists since they were first discovered in 2007, but answers may soon be on the way thanks to astronomers discovering the origin of a new and particularly strong FRB.
The burst – designated FRB 180924 – is incredibly powerful, putting off as much energy in its 1.3 millisecond duration as the Sun does in a span of eighty years. Australian astronomers have managed to discern where the burst is coming from using the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder telescope, tracking the burst down to not just the galaxy but a precise point within the galaxy.
While FRB are a common enough phenomena that it is predicted over 2000 happen every day, most are one-offs. These bursts happening repeatedly made it possible for astronomers to track them down. Knowing the location they originate from means that astronomers can move on to the next pressing question: how are they actually being produced?
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