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Carnegie: Cosmic Radio Burst Caught in the Act

Postby bystander » Mon Jan 19, 2015 5:34 pm

Caught in the Act: Cosmic Radio Burst
Carnegie Institution | via EurekAlert | 2015 Jan 19

Fast radio bursts are quick, bright flashes of radio waves from an unknown source in space. They are a mysterious phenomenon that last only a few milliseconds, and until now they have not been observed in real time. ...

There is a great deal of scientific interest in fast radio bursts, particularly in uncovering their origin. ...

Only seven fast radio bursts have previously been discovered, since the first one found in 2007. All were found retroactively by combing through data from the Parkes radio telescope in eastern Australia and the Arecibo telescope in Puerto Rico.

"These bursts were generally discovered weeks or months or even more than a decade after they happened! We're the first to catch one in real time," said Emily Petroff ...

In order to observe the fast radio burst in real time, the team mobilized 12 telescopes around the world and in space, including Carnegie's Magellan and Swope telescopes. Each telescope followed-up on the original burst observation at different wavelengths. ...

Snapshot of cosmic burst of radio waves
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A real-time fast radio burst: polarization detection and multiwavelength follow-up - E. Petroff et al
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