One of the most interesting enigmas offered by space is represented by the existence of fast radio bursts. Current technology offers the ability to detect and track down the source of some of the pulses by which they remain elusive.
A team of researchers has observed a surprisingly long repeating pattern in the case of a pulse but the new data contradicts one of the major theories related to Fast Radio Bursts.
While FBRs were observed for the first time in 2007, it is theorized that they have been taking place over several billion years. Scientists worked hard for two years until they managed to track one of the pulses to its home galaxy.
The source releases the history of the remains, and any research is complicated by the fact that they are very rare and quite bright. Since they can travel across billions of light-years, some voices argue that they have to be released during major events, like a clash between two stars.
Bizarre Repeating Signal Coming From a Distant Galaxy Puzzles The Scientists
However, the repeating pattern infers that there might be different sources that release bursts from time to time in a regular manner.
The team uncovered the repeating FBR with the help of the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment Fast Radio Project. An initial paper was published in a scientific journal, offering more data about FRB 180916.J0158+65, which was discovered in January 2020.
Further research showed that the pulse came from a nearby spiral galaxy, and a regular pattern was observed in the form of four-day cycles of stable activity as bursts are released on an hourly basis. The active period is followed by up to 12 days of calm.
From time to time skips take place as the only a single burst is released or the active period is delayed. Patterns of this type tend to be associated objects that spin or orbit around other celestial bodies.
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