Revolutionary radio telescope detects bevy of fast radio bursts

Revolutionary radio telescope detects bevy of fast radio bursts

Revolutionary radio telescope detects bevy of fast radio bursts

Astronomers have picked up repeating radio signals from a source about 1.5 billion light years away.

"One of those 13 fast radio bursts that we found is a repeating burst, it has shown up on many days since those initial observations, and this is only the second repeating fast radio burst ever found", Stairs explains.

Collaboration have spotted 13 new fast radio bursts (FRB) - powerful radio flashes probably arriving from far outside the Milky Way, with mysterious origins that continue to be a matter of debate.

One hypothesis is that powerful astrophysical phenomena are causing them. Some believe it could be a neutron star from a magnetic field.

Describing neutron stars as "energetic objects", she adds they could maybe produce bursts like the ones detected by CHIME.

Of more than 60 FRBs detected to date, such repeating bursts have only been picked up once before, by the Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico in 2015.

Researchers at the University of British Columbia in Canada said they've discovered the second so-called "repeating fast radio burst" (FRB) ever recorded, according to a news release published January 9.

The CHIME telescope in British Columbia will search our universe for phenomena such as fast radio bursts, pulsars and more. "Instead it uses digital signal processing to "point" the telescope and reconstruct where the radio waves are coming from", according to Kiyoshi Masui, an assistant professor at MIT's Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research.

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Indeed, it's still early days in our understanding of FRBs, but a pair of papers published today in Nature are offering tantalising new clues about this enigmatic feature of the cosmos.

In brief: In what is only the second time in history, astronomers have discovered ultra-brief repeating energy bursts from deep space.

One of the studies reports on the discovery of 13 FRBs, including seven that were recorded at the lowest frequency thus far - 400 megahertz. Some scientists had anxious that the range of frequencies it can pick up would be too low for it to receive the FRBs - but it found far more than expected, and scientists expect it to identify even more. "By detecting and characterising fast radio bursts at different frequencies, we can better understand which theories work and which do not".

The new signals are likely to force scientists to reconsider current FRB models. "But intelligent life is not on the minds of any astronomer as a source of these FRBs", he said.

The CHIME observatory in the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, Canada.

Good said that "if we had 1,000 examples, we would be able to say many more things about what FRBs are like".

I think we're all secretly hoping it's aliens, and some experts think that's worth considering.

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