Astronomers detected a radio signal that’s coming from the Milky Way. This signal that’s been obtained is called a fast radio burst, and it only lasts for milliseconds.
The radio signal was extremely brief and this means that it was only identified after it was recorded in the satellite data. Experts are still trying to figure out where the signals come from.
This is not the first time when satellites picked out radio signals from space. The first FRBs have been identified about ten years ago. The theories regarding their sources include some pretty cataclysmic events such as when two neutrons stars collide with each other or a collapsing black hole.
On the other hand, the assumptions have been dismissed when a FRB was detected. Experts say that a black hole can only collapse once and this suggests that the source could be something completely different.
Solving the mystery of the first FRBs
Science Times reveals that there’s an international group of scientists that came together over the years in order to solve the mystery of the very first FRBs.
As the years went by, there were more instances of FRBs that occurred. Earlier this year, a group of experts traced an FRB back to a strange V-shape star-forming region in a spiral galaxy that’s half a billion light-years away.
‘The latest detection was disclosed in The Astronomer’s Telegram, saying that bright radio burst came from the active magnetar known as SGR 1935+2154. This is a type of neutron star, the collapsed core of a massive star that is thought to have a compelling, magnetic field,’ the online publication mentioned above notes.
There’s more to investigate, and the possibility of bursting magnetars being the source of some FRBs is definitely under consideration.
More observations are required but it’s been revealed that knowing that sources like SGR 1935+2134 have the ability to trigger bright radio pulses offers some hints as to where to start looking.