Astronomers Detect 1,652 Fast Radio Bursts from Source in Distant Dwarf Galaxy

Astronomers Detect 1,652 Fast Radio Bursts from Source in Distant Dwarf Galaxy

Astronomers using the new Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope (FAST) have detected 1,652 independent burst events from the FRB 121102 source — which is located some 3 billion light-years away in the constellation of Auriga — over a period of only 47 days. Since fast radio bursts (FRBs) were first discovered in 2007, astronomers worldwide have turned to powerful radio telescopes like FAST to trace the bursts and to look for clues on where they come from and how they’re produced. The source that powers most FRBs is widely believed to be magnetars, incredibly dense neutron stars that possess the strongest magnetic fields in the Universe. And while scientists are gaining greater clarity on what produces FRBs, the exact location of where they occur is still a mystery. “There are …
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