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
We're about to enter an era of research into one of the newest phenomena in all of space. Here's what you need to know.
Fast Radio Bursts are millisecond-duration pulses of unknown origin that were discovered by pulsar astronomers in 2007. A decade on from the discovery, with only 20 further bursts currently known, fast radio bursts remain enigmatic sources which parallel the early...
Mysterious radio signals from space have been coming in from all directions, and their source is still unknown. Extremely bright and short-lived, these fast radio bursts (FRB) have scientists puzzled, but the Australian Square Kilometer Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) radio telescope may help bring some answers to light. Show More Summary
The ASKAP telescope in Australia found new fast radio bursts in just three days—and it's not even fully operational yet.
The Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) is poised to make history if it helps solve the origin of the rare fast radio bursts (FRB).
(CSIRO Australia) A CSIRO telescope in Western Australia has found its first 'fast radio burst' from space after less than four days of searching.
The mysterious flash of high-energy burst, called FRB 150215, was detected in February 2015 using the Parkes radio telescope in Australia.
Scientists detected the newest Fast radio burst, 5-millisecond intergalactic blips of radio waves, FRB 150215, on February 15, 2015 with the Parkes Telescope in Australia, but still don’t know the cause of it, or the 22 similar FRBs spotted on...
The search for extraterrestrial life has lately been focused on fast radio bursts (FRBs), short but incredibly powerful spikes in radio signals coming from beyond our own galaxy. While some scientists have optimistically pointed to these as proof of advanced alien civilizations, there are plenty of naturally-occurring...
(Phys.org)—An international team of space researchers has reported on the detection of a new fast radio burst (FRB) and their efforts to trace its source. They have written a paper describing the detection and search for evidence, and have uploaded it to the arXiv preprint server.
A new mystery signal from deep space has been detected, leaving scientists baffled as to where it came from and what caused it. The signal, known as a fast radio burst (FRB), was detected in 2015 by scientists using the Parkes radio telescope in Australia. It adds to the two dozen other FRBs...
Fast radio burst 150215 was detected in real-time with the Parkes radio telescope in Australia in 2015.
Fast radio bursts are split-second intergalactic blips of radio waves we’ve detected over the last decade. You’d think that if we pointed our telescopes and other space cameras in the direction these bursts came from, we’d spot something else, too. But to date, we’ve got nothing—just radio waves. Read more...
Observations made using the Molonglo radio telescope in Australia suggest that these intense bursts of radio emission have an extragalactic point of origin.
A team of astronomers associated with Australia’s Molonglo Observatory Synthesis Telescope announced Monday the discovery of three new Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) — intense bursts of radio emission lasting mere milliseconds. In addition to adding to the extremely short list of such events detected so...
Fast Radio Bursts present one of modern astronomy's greatest mysteries: what or who in the Universe is transmitting short bursts of radio energy across the cosmos?
Two Harvard University scientists are suggesting that mysterious fast radio bursts, detected in faraway galaxies, may be evidence of aliens traveling through the cosmos. FRBs are extremely bright flashes of radio waves that last for only a thousandth of a second and are detected by earthbound telescopes. Show More Summary
There are plenty of strange phenomena lurking in the universe, and fast radio bursts are among the more mysterious. So named for their less-than-5-millisecond duration, the source of these intense, high-energy light bursts continues to elude scientists. Show More Summary