Astronomers Discover First Radio Burst from within Milky Way Written 5 November 2020


Milky Way. | Credit: NASA

USA Today reports that “for the first time, astronomers have discovered a ‘fast radio burst’ that came from within our own Milky Way galaxy, according to new research published Wednesday.” The radio bursts, which were first discovered in April, “are the closest ones detected to date, and their proximity has allowed the team to pinpoint their source.” It “appears the radio pulses were produced by a magnetar – a type of neutron star with a hugely powerful magnetic field” – approximately 32,00 light years from Earth.
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