A team of astronomers joined forces and realized quite the study. They strongly claim that magnetars could be the real source of some FRBs (fast radio bursts).
Even if other studies can offer essential details about the peculiar phenomenon, recent work brings quite the results.
Here is what you need to know.
Intense FRB Detection Details
Back in April, the team captured an odd, intense FRB from a close magnetar situated in our galaxy. In a paper, available now in Nature, the team explains that FRB’s power is actually three thousand times bigger than any previous magnetar spotted so far.
Astronomers measured that such a powerful burst coming from another galaxy would not be recognizable from some FRBs. So, it certainly gave weight to the theory claiming that magnetars could actually be behind some FRBs.
Examining Theories About the Source of FRBs
Astronomers succeeded in finding the first FRBs almost a decade ago. Initially believed to be one-time events, astronomers have since discovered that some of them repeat. And since then, astronomers were really intrigued.
There’s one theory, for instance, that indicates the FRBs are extragalactic magnetars – new incredibly magnetic neutron stars that sometimes light up to discharge massive amounts of energy).
Still a Mystery?
Observing the massive gaps in activity and energetics between the most active and brightest FRB sources, probably younger, more vibrant, and energetic magnetars are really needed now. They could finally explain all the FRB detections.
Luckily, the astronomers now have the right “tools” to develop further research. The only issue is the time. The astronomers’ work apparently needs more and more time, and no full results are actually being released.
The Universe is still the biggest puzzles we’ve ever witnessed unfolding in front of us. Cosmic features like the magnetars are only some hints at what the Universe could hold.