A team of astronomers associated with Australia’s Molonglo Observatory Synthesis Telescope announced Monday the discovery of three new Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) — intense bursts of radio emission lasting mere milliseconds. In addition to adding to the extremely short list of such events detected so far and providing the first interferometric observations of FRBs, the discovery lends further support to the theory that these mysterious flashes originate in outer space. The observations of the three FRBs (FRB 160317, 160410 and 160608), made during a 180-day period, have been described in a paper accepted for publication in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. “Perhaps the most bizarre explanation for the FRBs is that they were alien transmissions. Figuring out where the bursts come from is the key to understanding what makes them. Only one burst has been linked to a specific galaxy,” Manisha Caleb, a PhD candidate at Australian National University, Melbourne’s Swinburne University of Technology and the ARC Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics, and lead author of the latest study, said in a statement released Monday. “We expect Molonglo will do this for many more bursts.” (READ MORE)
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