Astronomers excited by a radio signal from deep space



Captured about 240 million light years from Earth, the signal observed by the Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rican, destabilizes the scientific community.

In recent years, scientists are faced with a conundrum: strange “radio bursts” are transmitted from space, but we do not know the distance and the source accurately.

But then, in recent weeks, scientists are disturbed by a strange discovery. A burst lasting a fraction of a second from the depths of space could provide important new clues to elucidate some phenomena in astrophysics.

According to a new study published July 10 in the Astrophysical Journal by a team of scientists led by Professor Victoria Kaspi of McGill University in Montreal, the famous radio burst observed in November 2012 by the Arecibo radio telescope located in Porto Rico could be a major step for research.

Also known by its scientific name (Fast Radio Bursts in English) or “Lorimer burst” “rapid radio burst,” this phenomenon has already been observed in the past.

The burst detected by Arecibo supports the credibility of similar discoveries  made  ​​so far  exclusively  by the Parkes Observatory located in Australia  since 2007 because, according to Oliver Sanguy specialist in astronautics and editor of Enjoy Space , the site of the Space News Space City in Toulouse, “there was a doubt at this reception since it had not been spotted by other observatories.”

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