This month, the astronomers detected 3 very enigmatic fast radio bursts. However, one of them is much more interesting than the others because it is, in fact, the most powerful signal that has ever been received by radio astronomers. Even more, this signals’ sources can’t be discovered, yet.
One of the Universe’s greatest mysteries is represented by the fast radio bursts or FRBs.
An FRB is a strong and brief signal, and, even though an FRB is only a few milliseconds long, it produces an energy equal to hundreds of millions of stars.
At this moment, only 33 FRBs have been recorded
A group of radio astronomers pretended to have distinguished the precise position of the source of the FRB 121102 signal. Supposedly, FRB 121102 comes from a young neutron star.
A neutron star appears after a star collapses after its explosion and is the compactest space object in the Universe, as we know it.
The astronomers from the Japanese Tohoku University have positioned the source of the signal after thoroughly analyzing the data gathered by the Subaru telescope in Hawaii and the Hubble Space Telescope.
Therefore, the scientists declared that the signal comes from a neutron star situated in a far-distant dwarf galaxy, located at 3 billion light-years far from us.
The 3 new FRBs have an unknown origin
Besides the FRB 121102 signal, the signals recorded by the Parkes Observatory radio telescope in Australia during this month have an unknown origin.
The signals, named FRB 180311, FRB 180309 and FRB 180301, represent an extraordinary event because the chances of detecting 3 FRBs in a single month are almost null.
However, these 3 signals don’t look like repeating, therefore their detection is troublesome for the astronomers.
Hopefully, the future Square Kilometre Array project, which is going to be constructed in New Zealand, South Africa, and Australia will be an open network that operates on low-frequencies and, therefore, it will be able to detect FRB signals much easier than the actual technology.
In the meantime, the recently detected 3 very enigmatic fast radio bursts of unknown origin will be further studied by the astronomers but the chances for them to depict the signals’ sources are low.