13 New Fast Radio Bursts Detected


Some potential new pieces to the puzzle of fast radio bursts (FRBs) have  been produced by a sophisticated telescope in Canada that detected a  whopping 13 new occurrences of the mysterious phenomenon. The incredibly  brief, but enormously powerful pulses emanating from somewhere in space  have perplexed astronomers since first being spotted in 2007. Upon the  discovery of the first FRB, scientists set about trying to solve the  mystery and, in recent years, projects dedicated to searching for more  of them have resulted in the number of documented bursts steadily increasing.

This brings us to a newly-published paper which details the discoveries of a radio telescope in Canada that reportedly picked up 13 FRBs during a scan of space this past summer. Increasing  the total number of bursts detected so far to be around 70, the newfound  FRBs may not merely be more fodder for the maddening scientific  mystery, however, as these particular pulses differ slightly from those  previously recorded. One assumes, therefore, that comparison between the  different types of bursts found to date may yield some kind of clue or,  at least, new questions about the phenomenon for astronomers to ask.

More on this intriguing story at the Coast to Coast AM website.