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Fast radio burst traced back to home galaxy


Posted on Friday, 28 June, 2019 | Comment icon 8 comments

Scientists are still unsure what is responsible for the bursts. Image Credit: NASA/ESA/ESO
For the first time ever, astronomers have been able to trace a fast radio burst back to its galaxy of origin.
Fast radio bursts, which last mere milliseconds yet generate as much energy as the Sun does in an entire day, have remained something of an enigma since their discovery back in 2007.

Now scientists have, for the first time, succeeded in tracing one of these enigmatic bursts all the way back to its home galaxy a whopping 3.6 billion light years away.

It took an array of 36 parabolic antennas - which together form the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) telescope - to determine the direction of the burst and how far away it was.
"These bursts are altered by the matter they encounter in space," said study co-author Jean-Pierre Macquart from the International Center for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR). "Now we can pinpoint where they come from, we can use them to measure the amount of matter in intergalactic space."

The question remains however - what produced this particular burst ?

As things stand, nobody is quite sure.

"It comes from a massive galaxy that is forming relatively few stars," said astrophysicist Adam Deller. "This suggests that fast radio bursts can be produced in a variety of environments."

Source: Live Science | Comments (8)


Tags: Fast Radio Bursts


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by TripGun on 28 June, 2019, 12:04
Awesome, now we wait.
Comment icon #2 Posted by third_eye on 28 June, 2019, 13:13
I do hope it is not intergalactic porn...  ~
Comment icon #3 Posted by Essan on 28 June, 2019, 13:28
Of course it is.   That's why we can't make out what it says;  we haven't paid for the aliensexdescrambler
Comment icon #4 Posted by third_eye on 28 June, 2019, 13:31
Sounds like fun, where do I get one?  ~
Comment icon #5 Posted by Essan on 28 June, 2019, 14:24
Sale now on at the Arcturian Megamarket on Rigel 9 
Comment icon #6 Posted by third_eye on 28 June, 2019, 14:28
Gimme a minute to go swipe at my Andromeda MegaExpress card...  ~  
Comment icon #7 Posted by tmcom on 29 June, 2019, 4:59
Geesh, all of this fuss over ordering a pizza.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Manwon Lender on 29 June, 2019, 9:05
This is the end, of everything the end, of all we know the end, of life itself the end!!!!


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