Scientists have identified strange and incredibly powerful radio signals coming from somewhere within the Milky Way.
These fast radio explosions – or FRBs – were a strange phenomenon first seen in 2007, but never seen before before being ejected from our own galaxy.
Simply put, there are still a lot of things we don’t know about them.
The signals are incredibly short, but incredibly strong. In fact, they can emit more power per millisecond than our sun does in a whole day.
Needless to say, it was a bloody strong signal.
In this case, it is estimated that the Boffins carried the radio radiation back to a source 30,000 light-years away from our broken star.
This finding provides the best possible reading to date on the origin of this eruption. Some of these FRBs, however, are called magneters from magnetically charged neutron stars, which are strange objects born of supernovae.
Daniel Mitchell, a telescope astronomer at the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME) in Canada, explained: “This is the brightest radio explosion ever found in our galaxy.”
The discovery was first returned on April 28, when the CHIME telescope detected a millisecond FRB coming from a part of the sky, and the magnet named SGR 1935 + 2154 came to life.
Another telescope later confirmed the view, with several X-ray emission from the same source.
Chris Bochenek, a Caltech astronomer working with the second telescope, added: “When I first looked at the data, I froze, basically exhausted,
“It’s amazing we found such an eruption in the Milky Way.”
This latest finding does not confirm even once that FRBs come from magnetars – which can be 12 miles or more, but denser than our Sun – but it certainly does.
How they actually do it, we still do not know. They are likely to be distorted by ‘starwalks’ emitting large amounts of release energy, or magnetar flames collide with other particles in space to create shock waves and a magnetic field that radiates radio waves.
Duncan Lorimer, another astronomer at the University of West Virginia – who was not actually involved in the study, but knows his facts – said the latest findings show that the magnets are “incredibly important developments” and that magnets are “reliable sources of FRBs”. .
He added: “The other day, we were thinking about magnets, but I think I’m more likely to go to a single source like a neutron star fusion.”
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