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FRB counterpart

Stellar Science

A Possible Optical Counterpart to a Fast Radio Burst?

What’s the mechanism behind millisecond-duration bursts of radio energy coming from outer space? A team searched for visible-light counterparts to constrain the origin of fast radio bursts — and found one.

Globular cluster outside M81

Stellar Science

Fast Radio Burst's Unlikely Home Puzzles Astronomers

Astronomers have found a fast radio burst — presumably a flash from a young stellar remnant — amongst the ancient stars of a globular cluster, challenging ideas about what produces these enigmatic flashes.

Artist's illustration of a magnetar

Stellar Science

Exploring a Magnetospheric Origin for Fast Radio Bursts

Astronomers are starting to close in on the origins of fast radio bursts — powerful, fleeting flashes of radio waves seen at extragalactic distances.

Magnetar

Stellar Science

China’s FAST Observatory Sees More Than 1,000 Radio Bursts from a Single Spot

The largest haul of fast radio burst observations ever recorded, all from a single fast radio burst, is helping astronomers understand what causes these fleeting cosmic phenomena

Astronomy & Observing News

New Observations Challenge Popular Radio Burst Model

Strange behavior caught by two radio observatories may send theorists back to the drawing board.

Giant flare on a magnetar

Stellar Science

Milky Way Magnetar Spits Gamma Rays on Schedule

A Milky Way magnetar surprises astronomers by burping up gamma rays right when their predictions anticipated.

CHIME

Stellar Science

Number of Known Mysterious Radio Flashes Nearly Quadruples

The CHIME telescope has released its first catalog with 492 unique sources of fast radio bursts, the brief flashes of radio waves that have been intriguing astronomers over the past decade.

Spiral galaxies host Fast Radio Bursts

Stellar Science

Fast Radio Bursts Tied to Spiral Arms

New Hubble observations have pinned five enigmatic radio bursts to the arms of spiral galaxies, narrowing down possible explanations.

Magnetar

Stellar Science

Magnetars Make Some — Maybe All — Mysterious Radio Flashes

In-depth analysis of a flash of radio waves coming from a Milky Way magnetar have convinced astronomers: Magnetars produce at least some fast radio bursts.

Magnetar

Stellar Science

Astronomers Discover a Newborn Magnetar and a New Cosmic Beat

This week, astronomers announce a newborn magnetar and a fast radio burst that's bursting to a beat.

Magnetar

Stellar Science

Milky Way Magnetar Makes Fast Radio Burst

Fast radio bursts are mysterious — and powerful — flashes of radio waves. Now, we've found one of these flashes coming from a magnetar in our own galaxy.

Host Galaxy of a Radio Flash

Stellar Science

New Mysterious Radio Flash Pinned Down; Hundreds More Being Discovered

Recent observations have pinpointed the location of a fifth fast radio burst, shedding light on the environs that create these powerful sources.

Owens Valley Radio Observatory

Stellar Science

Astronomers Identify Host Galaxy of a Third Radio Flash

Astronomers have narrowed down the location of a third "fast radio burst" to a galaxy very like the Milky Way.

ASKAP in Western Australia

Stellar Science

Astronomers Pinpoint New Fast Radio Burst

A next-gen Australian radio array has enabled astronomers to home in on the source of a mysterious fast radio burst — and the source is not what they expected.

Superluminous supernova (artist's impression)

Stellar Science

A Link Between Fast Radio Bursts, Magnetars, and Supernovae?

What causes the bizarre, extragalactic fast radio bursts we’ve detected over the last decade? An unusually bright supernova may hold the answer.

CHIME

Astronomy & Observing News

Bevy of Mysterious Radio Bursts Finds Second Repeating Source

A new radio telescope has spotted scores of mysterious fast radio bursts — including the second known repeating one.

CHIME

Stellar Science

The Storm Begins: Canadian Telescope Spots Its First Radio Burst

The first "fast radio burst" detected by the Canadian CHIME radio telescope is a tantalizing hint of what’s to come.

Arecibo Observatory and mystyery flash

Stellar Science

Mysterious Cosmic Bursts Traced to Extreme Environment

A repeating fast radio burst first detected in 2012 likely formed within a potent magnetic field — opening up the ambiguity of what caused the mysterious burst.

Fast radio burst FRB 121102

Stellar Science

Homing in on the Source of a Mysterious Fast Radio Burst

Ground- and space-based observations have now shed intriguing new light on a mysterious radio source more than 3 billion light-years away.

Fast radio burst FRB 121102

Galaxies

Fast Radio Burst has a Surprising Source

For the first time, a team of astronomers has placed a fast radio burst on the cosmic map, allowing them to better pinpoint its mysterious origin.

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