It started in 2001, a brilliant burst of light breached the skies. The event had released as much power as 500 million suns. Just a few milliseconds later, the signal had vanished. Astronomers call these powerful flashes Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs). Since 2001, about 30 have been identified. Show More Summary
A big unanswered question in astronomy is the nature of the source Fast Radio Bursts: What powers these bursts and are there other ones that repeat? “We think it may be a magnetar – a newborn neutron star with a...
When fast radio bursts, or FRBs, were first detected in 2001, astronomers had never seen anything like them before. Since then, astronomers have found a couple of dozen FRBs, but they still don't know what causes these rapid and powerful bursts of radio emission.
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Astronomers working to identify alien civilizations picked up 15 repeated fast radio bursts (FRBs) from a dwarf galaxy 3 billion light years away.
FRB 121102, a fast radio burst signal first picked up in 2012, was just observed emitting many new bursts of energy. Scientists from SETI and Breakthrough Listen were both very excited by the new findings. (more…)
Before we go any further: It’s not aliens. That said, scientists have detected some rather strange radio signals from over three billion light-years away. These bursts are known as Fast Radio Bursts, and […] The post Fifteen Weird Radio Bursts Detected In Deep Space appeared first on Geek.com.
Astronomers have detected a rare radio signal that originated about 3 billion years ago in a galaxy far, far away. And as one expert puts it, the source is "kind of perplexing." Fast radio bursts, millisecond-long pulses of radio emission from beyond our galaxy, were first discovered a decade ago....
For those of us who have spent most of our lives yearning for signs of intelligent life elsewhere in the cosmos, the headlines over the last few years about fast radio bursts have been some of the most promising news yet. These anomalous radio signals are short, powerful bursts of radio waves that stand out... Read more »
As Carl Sagan was fond of saying: “Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known." Astronomers on the hunt for signs of extraterrestrial intelligence have detected 15 Fast Radio Bursts from a dwarf galaxy located three billion light-years away. These...
Fast Radio Bursts (FRB) have puzzled astronomers ever since they were first detected about 10 years ago. Coming in from all corners of space, these strong but extremely short-lived signals can't be explained by any known celestial object, and now the mystery has deepened even further. Show More Summary
Breakthrough Listen project observes 15 fast radio bursts coming from dwarf galaxy three billion light years away.
Scientists searching the cosmos for signs of intelligent alien life pick up the only known repeating "fast radio bursts" again and are asking others to tune in too.
If you were to rank the wildest things in the universe, there are a few obvious contenders. Gamma rays, fast radio bursts and quasars, for example. But no list would be complete without black holes and the black hole's less-dense cousins, the neutron star. Show More Summary
New research seems to suggest that mysterious fast radio bursts might be stars made of dark matter crashing into black holes, according to Aiichi Iwazaki, an astronomer at Nishogakusha University in Tokyo, who subscribes to the theory that dark matter...
The mysterious FRBs we’ve been tracking for a decade could be created by clumps of dark matter particles dancing along the edges of black holes
The search for alien life in space has once again turned to mysterious radio signals from distant stars. For years, so-called fast radio bursts (FRBs) have puzzled astronomers for years, with theories ranging from attempts at intergalactic communication or even that they might be powering some form of extraterrestrial spacecraft. While scores of these radio... Read more »
The search for extraterrestrial intelligence has looked for many different signs of alien life, from radio broadcasts to laser flashes, without success. However, recent research suggests that mysterious phenomena called fast radio bursts, millisecond-long flashes of radio emission, could be...
One of the more intriguing unsolved modern mysteries is the fast radio burst (FRB) phenomenon. Over the last several years, radio telescopes on Earth have been detecting more and more very brief, very powerful radio signals which originate from deep space. While astronomers have been able to locate the source of several of these signals,... Read more »
Scientists studying FRBs – energy explosions from distant parts of the universe – are on to something vitally important. But what causes them? In summer 2006, astronomer Duncan Lorimer started work on a seemingly routine piece of scientific research. Show More Summary