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Deep-Space Flashes Light Up A New Face Of Nature


CSIRO's 64-m Parkes radio telescope. Credit: John Sarkissian, CSIRO.

CSIRO’s 64-m Parkes radio telescope. Credit: John Sarkissian, CSIRO.

CSIRO’s Parkes radio telescope in eastern Australia has detected mysterious ‘flashes’ of radio energy from the distant Universe that may open up a whole new area of astrophysics. The surprising finding, made by a team of scientists from ten institutions in Australia, the USA, UK, Germany and Italy, is published in today’s issue of the journal Science.

“Staggeringly, we estimate there could be one of these flashes going off every ten seconds somewhere in the sky,” said research team member Dr Simon Johnston, Head of Astrophysics at CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science.

Four flashes were detected, each from a different direction and each lasting for only a millisecond (a thousandth of a second).

The characteristics of the radio signal — how it is ‘smeared out’ in frequency from travelling through space — indicate that the flashes came from up to 11 billion light-years away.

Full Story: http://www.csiro.au/Portals/Media/Deep-space-flashes-light-up-a-new-face-of-Nature.aspx

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