Radio wave bursts from space keep hitting Earth and we don’t know why


The CHIME radio telescope

The CHIME radio telescope is listening out for bizarre indicators

Andre Renard/Dunlap Institute/CHIME

ByChelsea Whyte

Fast radio bursts (FRBs) are mysterious, milliseconds-long showers of radio waves that occur from unidentified objects exterior our galaxy. About 60 FRBs have been determined to date, the strangest currently being a lone, repeating supply. Now, it is no more time by itself.

In August 2018, researchers at the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME), a radio telescope in British Columbia, detected 13 much more FRBs to incorporate to the catalogue. 1 of them is the next FRB ever observed to repeat (Character,doi.org/czfq,doi.org/czfs).

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