Powerful signals are being beamed toward Earth from deep space at an unprecedented rate.
According to scientists, the source of a frequent fast radio explosion discovered last year has been recorded that releases more than 1,800 explosions on our way in a span of two months.
The hyperactive nature of the explosion allowed researchers to identify a host galaxy and its source.
the name of the thing FRB 20201124A, the object was detected using the Five Hundred Meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST) in China.
It is described in a research paper led by astronomer Heng Shu of Peking University in China.
Fast radio bursts, or FRBs, are a mysterious space phenomenon.
High-intensity emissions usually last only a fraction of a second and their origins were not known until recently.
A few thousand have been caught by scientists since the first was discovered in 2007.
All FRBs are unusual, but the newfound one was especially strange.
Over 82 hours of observation spanning two months, according to the paper published in Nature, FAST 1863 detected a burst.
Its polarization and signal strength oscillated dramatically, making it the first FRB to show these kinds of variations in its waves, said study author Fein Wang from Nanjing University. inverse.
Evidence so far indicates that its source is a magnetar, a neutron star with a strong magnetic field.
However, the way its polarization has changed over time suggests that another organism may be contributing to the signals.
“These observations brought us back to the drawing board,” said astrophysicist Peng Zhang of the University of Nevada in Las Vegas.
“FRBs are clearly more mysterious than we imagined. More multi-wavelength observational campaigns are needed to reveal the nature of these things.”
All the FRBs that have been discovered so far have come from a place far too far to explain where they originated.
Only a handful were repeated, and even fewer are still in a predictable pattern.
This makes their study notoriously difficult, meaning their origins have eluded scholars for more than a decade.
The signals are believed to come from massive explosions in deep space that fade away in less than a second.
In 2020, researchers said they have accurately identified radio bombs coming from An object known as a magnet.
Magnetars are a type of neutron star with an extremely strong magnetic field—only a handful of them are thought to be in the Milky Way.
Physicists previously speculated that magnetars might produce FRBs but there was no evidence to prove this.
This means that the signals do not come from alien civilizations, a theory that has been promoted by some UFO hunters but rejected by scientists.
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