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A new and intense type of radio burst has been discovered in archived views of the cosmos, astronomers revealed today.
The single, short-lived blast of radio waves likely occurred some 3 billion light-years from Earth, and it may signal a cosmic car crash of two neutron stars, the death throes of a black hole — or something else.
"This is something that's completely unprecedented," said Duncan Lorimer, an astrophysicist at West Virginia University in Morgantown and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory who led the discovery-making team. He noted that radio-emitting pulsars send out similar emissions, but repeat them every few hours."We're confused and excited, but it could open up a whole new research field," Lorimer told SPACE.com of the 5-millisecond blip on the cosmic radar screen. "If we really go after these things, we expect to find out that a couple hundred of them occur each day."
The discovery is detailed in the Sept. 27 issue of the online journal Science Express.
Originally posted by TheHorseChestnut
This signal is over a broad radio spectrum, so probably not of intelligent origin. However a very interesting find. This shows how far science is behind on analyzing data. Billions of bits of data and very few scientists to review them.
The huge burst of energy, which has startled scientists with its strength, is thought to have originated over 500 mega-parsecs or one-and-a-half billion light years from earth
"The burst may have been produced by an exotic event such as the collision of two neutron stars or be the last gasp of a black hole as it evaporates completely," he said