The Canadian Hydrogen Intensity mapping Experiment telescope, also known as the GONG, has discovered that there is a repetitive radio signal is about 2.5 billion light-years away from the Earth
(Mateus A. Fandiño)
Canadian astronomers have reportedly discovered a repetitive radio signal is about 2.5 billion light-years away from the Earth — only the second example known to mankind.
A telescope in British Columbia, otherwise known as the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity mapping Experiment (CHIME), detected 13 pulses — or fast radio bursts (FRBs) in July and August, according to a Monday report from the Nature, a British scientific journal.
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The findings were announced by Deborah Good, an astronomer at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, during a meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Washington, Wednesday.
“Look! We see FRBs,” she said of the comic flashes, which will remain a mystery for astronomers. Before they were spotted in the summer, astronomers have reportedly found between 50 and 60 examples of the radio outbursts.
CHIME detected 13 FRBs in July and August, according to the Nature, a British scientific journal.
Well said that “if we had 1,000 examples, we could say many more things about what FRBs.”
The GONG telescope found, as formulated by Nature.com “the second known FRB that repeats, which means that the radio blinks again at the same point in the sky.” The first FRB that repeated was discovered in 2012.
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The majority of the FRBs discovered by the telescope showed signs of “breakdown” Phys.org reported — that the GONG team to believe that the radio bursts are “powerful astrophysical objects.”
“That might mean kind of in a dense clump as a supernova remnant,” said Cherry Ng, an astronomer at the University of Toronto, told the news outlet. “Or in the vicinity of the central black hole in a galaxy. But it is in some special place, to give us all the scattering that we see.”
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Astronomers’ study of FRBs can learn that study is more about where the outbursts come from, and whether that region in the milky way galaxy is the home of the turbulent gas.
“Until now there was only one known repeat FRB.,” astronomer Ingrid Stairs, also a member of the GONG team, said. “He knows that there is another suggests that there is much more in. And with more repeaters and more sources available for the study, we may be able to understand that these cosmic puzzles — where they come from and what causes them.”