Radio Waves, Deep Space, Milky Way
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Some of the Canadian astronomers have reportedly detected a mysterious volley of radio waves that come far outside from the Milky Way galaxy, based on two studies that were published in Nature on Wednesday.

The astronomers are still unable to detect as to from where does the powerful waves are coming from. The astronomers are also unaware of the forces which are producing these repetitive radio waves.

These repetitive steadfast bursts of the radio waves were identified last summer at the time of a trial run. The bench test was based on the built-for-purpose telescope which runs at only a fragment of its capacity.

The acronym of the multipurpose telescope is CHIME, and it is the most powerful telescope in the entire world. The telescope is spread across a vast area which is as big as that of a football pitch. The telescope is efficient enough for detecting a lot of the mysterious pulses as it has become fully functional now.

Deborah Good, University of British Columbia’s Ph.D. student said that, at the end of the year, they have found around 1,000 bursts. Deborah Good is one of the 50 scientists coming from five distinctive institutions which are involved in the research.

The FRBs also known as Fast Radio Bursts has the ability to flash for a micro-instant. Nevertheless, it can efficiently emit as much energy as the Sun does in the course of 10,000 years. The astronomers are wondering as to what is causing the high-energy surges of significant long waves located at the far end of the electromagnetic spectrum is currently a subject of an intensified debate.

Since 2007, over 60 bursts have reportedly been cataloged so far. Nevertheless, there was only a single burst that was observed back in 2012 at Puerto Rico’s Arecibo Observatory – was the only repeater.

Shriharsh Tendulkar, one of the corresponding authors for the mentioned couple of studies as well as an astronomer at McGill University, has revealed to AFP that FRBs are mostly generated in turbulent and dense regions of the hosting galaxies.

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