Why ultra-powerful radio bursts are the most perplexing mystery in astronomy

@article{Gibney2016WhyUR,
  title={Why ultra-powerful radio bursts are the most perplexing mystery in astronomy},
  author={Elizabeth Gibney},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2016},
  volume={534},
  pages={610-612}
}
like it. No theorist had predicted it. Yet there it was — a 5-milli second radio burst that had arrived on 24 August 2001 from an unknown source seemingly billions of light years away. “It was so bright, we couldn’t just dismiss it,” says Duncan Lorimer, who co-discovered the signal in 2007 while working on archived data from the Parkes radio telescope in New South Wales, Australia. “But we didn’t really know what to do with it.” Such fleeting radio bursts usually came from pulsars — furiously… CONTINUE READING

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