Astronomers Race to Study Mysterious Fast Radio Burst Detected in a Nearby Galaxy

“This is the closest FRB to Earth ever localised,” Benito Marcote, of the Joint Institute for VLBI European Research Infrastructure Consortium and a co-lead author of the paper, said. “Surprisingly, it was found in an environment radically different from that of the previous four localised FRBs — an environment that challenges our ideas of what the source of these bursts could be.” Astronomers all over are intrigued by these findings. Avi Loeb, chair of Harvard’s astronomy department, told Salon this paper implies that FRBs are a “mixed bag,” meaning “we could see fainter versions of distant FRBs near us and that these might be much more numerous.”

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