Mysterious Radio Burst Captured In Real-Time For First Time Ever

Ever since astronomers first detected a strange flash of radio waves in 2007, they have been scratching their heads over what these so-called “fast radio bursts” might be and where they come from.

Now, an international team of researchers say they’re one step closer to solving the mystery, after capturing the strange bursts in real-time for the first time ever.

This is a major breakthrough,” Dr. Duncan Lorimer, an astrophysicist at West Virginia University in Morgantown who was part of the team that discovered the first fast radio burst, told New Scientist.

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A simulation of CSIRO’s Parkes radio telescope capturing a fast radio burst as it happened. (Video credit: Swinburne Astronomy Productions)

The burst was first spotted by the Parkes Telescope in New South Wales, Australia. The Parkes’ observations suggested the burst likely came from a source near the constellation Aquarius about 5.5 billion light-years away, and passed through a magnetic field.

Twelve other ground and space telescopes then conducted follow-up observations on other wavelengths, including infrared, ultraviolet, X-ray and visible light. None of these telescopes observed an “afterglow,” which allowed the team to narrow down its list of potential sources for the burst.

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