A team of Chinese astronomers recorded some puzzling, repeating fast radio bursts coming from 3 billion light-years away. The researchers identified the mysterious signals with the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST), as reported by the National Astronomical Observatories of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (NAOC).
Fast radio bursts, or FRBs, in short, are some mysterious signals that usually come from the distant Universe, from millions and even billions of light-years away from Earth. FRBs are the most potent radio waves in the Universe. They are puzzling signals because there is now scientific explanation regarding their sources.
Many theories emerged about fast radio bursts. Some scientists even took into consideration the possibility that aliens are behind these FRBs. Now, according to the Chinese Xinhua news agency, the fast radio bursts detected by the Chinese astronomers might shed more light on the mechanisms of mysterious signals and their origins.
Puzzling Fast Radio Bursts From 3 Billion Light-Years Away Detected By Chinese Astronomers
Chinese astronomers installed a powerful FRBs detector on the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST). The scientists used that receiver to record fast radio bursts coming from the FRB121102, an FRBs source identified in 2015 by the Arecibo Observatory.
As the Chinese scientists reported, FRB121102 is now more active than ever. Accordingly, the astronomers focus on the fast radio bursts source more, and they even suggested other astronomers from other countries to turn their attention towards FRB121102. Other scientists are already using FAST to detect FRBs.
The Chinese telescope, FAST, is very powerful, and its purposes go beyond identifying fast radio bursts. Astronomers from over ten countries are already using FAST to study exoplanets, cosmic rays, interstellar matter, and gravitational waves, among others. Chinese scientists, for their part, hope that their research on recently-detected FRBs could help us learn more about the mysterious signals.