More Fast Radio
Bursts have been Detected from Auriga
If you're interested in catching a
mysterious fast radio burst (FRB),
it appears that the best option is to look at the
constellation of Auriga (the charioteer) where 17 FRBs have been detected from the
FRBs are an incredibly high-energy phenomenon. They are a quick flash of radio waves which last only for a few milliseconds.
They were only discovered in 2011 and since then many explanations have been put forward to explain what remains without explanation, including outlandish and improbable alien communication systems.
The Arecibo Telescope,
which detected several of the FRBs
from the source known as FRB 121102.
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Based on the intensity of the signal, scientists knew that the source must have had an extragalactic origin.
And the speed at which they appear and disappear was an indication that they might have been a one-off event, maybe a collision between stars.
But FRB 121102 has thrown a spanner in that line of thought.
The international team of researchers suspects that the source is a young neutron star embedded in a dense cloud from either a star-forming region (like the Pillars of Creation) or a supernova remnant.
There's very little we know about the source.
We can't even establish a distance since we are yet to find the galaxy that is hosting the source using visible light. There have been less than 20 different sources of FRBs, so nobody is really sure what we are seeing.
But not knowing things in astronomy is half the fun. Scientists expect there are 10,000 FRBs emitted from every direction in the sky every day. We just need to have the telescope pointing in the right place at the right time.
And finds like FRB121102 are the ones that could finally help solve this cosmic puzzle.