Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Target for Gravity Wave Detector: Giant Freaking Radio Wave Burst Coming from Galaxy 6 Billion Light Years Away

It looks like a juicy target for our newfound gravity wave detector.
On April 18, 2015, a telescope caught sight of the FRB, and mere hours later, other telescopes found its location, tracing the source of the burst to a galaxy about 6 billion light-years away, according to a new study published in the journal Nature this week.
This marks the first time the distance to an FRB has been measured.

FRBs send out as much energy in a fraction of a second as the sun puts out in 10,000 years, but they are exceedingly difficult to find. 
Now that is something to check out using gravity waves. I wonder what could be causing such a powerful burst.

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