Scientists Observe 'Fast Radio Burst' In Real Time, One Of The Great Mysteries Of The Universe

January 19, 2015 11:14 PM

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Scientists Observe 'Fast Radio Burst' In Real Time, One Of The Great Mysteries Of The Universe

The latest astronomy milestone lasted only a matter of milliseconds. A team of scientists led by Emily Petroff of Swinburne University of Technology revealed in the most recent issue of “Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society” it had observed a “fast radio burst” in real time in May using the Parkes Radio Telescope in eastern Australia.

“We’re the first to catch one in real time,” Petroff, a doctoral candidate, told Science Blog. “These bursts were generally discovered weeks or months or even more than a decade after they happened!”

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