Scientists announce the detection of four short mysterious ancient radio bursts originating from distant regions of our UniverseThese ancient explosions of unimaginable energy output, could aid scientists in better understanding the primordial era of our Universe
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"The detection of four short bursts of radio waves, possibly arising from explosions billions of light years away, could be powerful tools to study our Universe, according to research published in Science.
In 2006, a similar so called 'Lorimer burst' was detected with the CSIRO Parkes radio telescope and its authenticity was debated with widespread scepticism about its astrophysical origin.
Those doubts have been laid to rest with the recent discovery of four similar bursts, using the same radio telescope in research co-authored by Curtin University's Dr Ramesh Bhat.
"The only way to address such doubts about the Lorimer burst was to survey a large part of the sky, with new, more sensitive technology," Dr Bhat says.
An international team of researchers equipped the radio telescope with a digital recorder that can sample data at an extremely rapid rate, faster than one tenth of a millisecond."
Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2013-09-radio-evidence-exotic-phenomena.html#jCp
Image: Parkes radio telescope, which has been used to confirm a population of Fast Radio Bursts, is shown superimposed on an image showing the distribution of gas in our Galaxy. Credit: Swinburne Astronomy Productions