The other day, we reported that the latest data coming from BGR revealed that one fast radio burst (FRB) in particular, which has been since labeled FRB 121102, is famous for repeatedly showing up. Experts have been analyzing this one for a while now.
These are an anomaly for astronomers. The powerful blasts of radio energy have been detected from extremely distant locations in space, but it’s not quite clear where they are coming from.
There is a new repeating FRB that appeared on astronomers’ radars, and it seems to be coming from a source that’s reportedly located not that far away from our galaxy.
The online publication that we mentioned above notes that the new repeating FRB is known as 180916.J0158+65.
It’s been revealed that the origin of the FRB has been found – a nearby spiral galaxy, but this only confused astronomers even more, as Live Science writes.
The online publication mentioned above cites Kenzie Nimmo, a doctoral student at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, who said that the main question is what exactly can produce an FRB.
The experts have located the FRB this time, but the website notes that the team was not able to detect the radio sources in that particular spiral galaxy that could explain such mysterious outbursts.
The new finding does not fit previous patterns
What’s even worse, this new entity seems not quite to fit the patterns that have been established by the previous repeating and also non-repeating FRBs.
“This is completely different than the host and local environments of other localized FRBs,” Benito Marcote, a radio astronomer at the Joint Institute for VLBI European Research Infrastructure Consortium and lead author of the Nature paper, said.
You should check out the original article in order to learn more details on various assumptions made by astronomers.