- A team of international astronomers have for the first time has found the precise source of a single/one-off fast radio bursts (FRBs).The signal has been named FRB 180924.
- The signal is named after the date of detection and it originated in the outskirts of a Milky Way-sized galaxy roughly 3.6 billion light-years from Earth.
- The signal only lasted for 1.3 milliseconds but was so powerful that it emitted as much energy as the Sun would do in 80 years.Further, tracking it down could help scientists finally understand what causes these one-off FRBs.
- This is the second FRB ever to have been traced to a location.Scientists previously had traced FRB 121102 to a region of a dwarf galaxy some three billion light-years away but this signal bursts repeatedly making difficult to track down.
- Fast radio bursts are intense bursts of radio emission that have durations of milliseconds and exhibit the characteristic dispersion sweep of radio pulsars.
- FRBs flash for only a micro-instant but can emit as much energy in a millisecond as the Sun does in 10,000 years.The first was discovered in 2007 so far over 80 have been detected.
- Exactly what creates these high-energy surges of long waves at the far end of the electromagnetic spectrum remains the subject of intense debate,though scientists now agree they originate in far away galaxies.
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