The detection of fast radio bursts, one of the universe’s most mysterious and rare occurrences, took place in early January of this year when signals from a dwarf galaxy over 2.5 billion light years away were first recorded.
Fast radio bursts (FRBs) are an incredibly rare phenomenon usually occurring in a millisecond or so, each containing energy amounts equivalent to almost 500 million of our Suns. While such a signal has only ever been recorded 18 times prior, it is suspected that ten thousand of these bursts could be sent each day.
Scientists have speculated neutron stars to be the source of these bursts, while some point to origins within our own galaxy.
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