Monday, August 19, 2019

Eight More? More?

Messages from space? 2007? Why wasn't I informed earlier?

Canadian astronomers find 8 more mysterious repeating fast radio bursts from space

Findings are important step in better understanding what's creating these powerful signals, where they're from

The first FRB was discovered in 2007 by an astrophysicist and his student while going through 2001 data collected from the Parkes Observatory in New South Wales, Australia. Since then, dozens more have been detected. As to what is causing these signals, scientists have yet to learn.

But these brief signals that are crossing the universe — and last only a millisecond or so — had another surprise: some of them repeated.

The first of these repeaters was discovered by McGill Ph.D. student Paul Scholz in 2015. A second one was discovered last January. And the list is getting longer.

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