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An unknown radio signal, which may have come from a black hole, colliding neutron stars (or – for those who ‘believe’ – alien life), has been picked up by astronomers live for the first time ever. Its origins remain mysterious.
The fast radio bursts are quick, bright flashes of radio waves that last only milliseconds, but still emit as much energy as the sun in an entire day. This is the first time that these radio waves have been spotted live. The first burst was picked up in 2007 by sifting through old data at the Parkes Radio Telescope in Eastern Australia. Only seven others have been seen since then.
This time, the mysterious waves were picked with the use of 12 telescopes in Australia, Chile, Germany, Hawaii, India, California and the Canary Islands.
only milliseconds, but still emit as much energy as the sun in an entire day
You don't need to be a space expert, just search "pulsar" on wikipedia:
originally posted by: EnigmaAgent
Could it be a pulsar? I know they rotate very fast but I dont they spin in milliseconds. Maybe some of the space experts on here can shed some light.
So yes they can do milliseconds.
Neutron stars are very dense, and have short, regular rotational periods. This produces a very precise interval between pulses that range from roughly milliseconds to seconds for an individual pulsar.
The theories are now that the radio wave burst might be linked to a very compact type of object – such as neutron stars ....
The radio signals originated up to 5.5 billion light-years away, from outside our Milky Way Galaxy and that they were caught by astronomers possibly up to a decade after they happened.
originally posted by: SyxPak
a reply to: EnigmaAgent
This one perked Me up! Let's hope it pans out to be something REAL!! I mean it is real, but well, You know what I mean!! LOL!!!
Nice One! Thanx for the Share!!!