Friday, 8 February 2019

What Are FRBs? The Discovery of Mysterious Signals From the Cosmos

What Are FRBs? The Discovery of Mysterious Signals From the Cosmos

The greatest mystery of modern radio astronomy comes down to just three letters: FRB. They stand for fast radio bursts, signals that continue to defy explanation. As the name implies, these bursts of radio waves last just a millisecond or two. They’re also incredibly strong, among the brightest radio sources in the sky. That’s despite traveling an incredible distance, up to billions of light-years. Do the math, and it’s clear how powerful these things are. One FRB can easily broadcast more energy in a moment than the sun produces in a day.

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