A Strange Signal is Emitting from the Milky Way

A mysterious message seems to be repeating itself

Strange Signal is Emitting from the Milky Way
Strange Signal is Emitting from the Milky Way

Fast radio bursts (FBRs)

The first FRBs were detected in 2007. Most of them are so far away that no one can ascertain their origin. Over 100 of these events have been reported as of now, but very few of them have ever repeated themselves, and much less has ever done so in a predictable fashion.

What are magnetars
What are magnetars

What are magnetars?

Magnetars are actually neutron stars that have a very powerful magnetic field. In fact, few of them even exist in the entire Milky Way. Some physicists have proposed that magnetars could be producing FRBs, but they had no proof or evidence.

New FBRs revealed

The new research indicates that two new FRBs of different intensities were emitted from the star since April 2020 — which means the bursts are repetitive.

One question possibly answered

This data provided strong evidence of the connection between magnetars and FRBs — which actually goes a long way to solving one of the biggest mysteries about the universe. And since these bursts come in varying signal strengths, it is now believed that more than one process within these magnetars is producing these cosmic signals.

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