Mysterious cosmic radio burst spotted in real time from Australia

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A cosmic radio burst — a split-second burst of mysterious radio waves from light years away — has been seen for the first time in real time by an Australian scientist.

Emily Petroff, an astrophysicist who is undertaking her PhD at Swinburne University in Melbourne, spotted the fast radio burst (FRB) using the Parkes Telescope in New South Wales on May 14. An international team of 12 watched the aftermath from various locations

It is the first time the cosmic action has been spotted in real time by a human, and with so little known about the source of the activity, it is a dramatic breakthrough. Read more…

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