November 5, 2020 9:52:25 pm
A mysterious blast of cosmic radio energy detected in the Milky Way galaxy has prompted a plethora of reactions on social media, with netizens coming up with their own theories behind it.
Since they were first detected a little over a decade ago, astronomers have been puzzled to find the origin of powerful fast radio bursts (FRBs) — intense flashes of radio emission that only last a few milliseconds.
Now, it is for the first time that astrophysicists have detected such blasts in our galaxy and have been able to trace it back to its potential source — “a small, spinning remnant from a collapsed star about 30,000 light-years from Earth”, according to a Guardian report.
“This is the most luminous radio burst ever detected in our galaxy,” Daniele Michilli, an astrophysicist at McGill University in Montreal told the news website.
🌌 Our @NASAUniverse observatories helped detect the first fast radio burst ever seen from within our Milky Way galaxy. How this unique event helped astronomers better understand the source of these blasts, previously only seen in other galaxies: https://t.co/sHLlsQXwRC pic.twitter.com/QTec4tAlHh
— NASA (@NASA) November 4, 2020
On April 28 this year, multiple telescopes detected a weaker radio burst from the same area within our Milky Way. While the astronomers said that there could be other sources, they were unanimous that one source was magnetars — a type of neutron star.
The latest discovery, which was published in three papers in the journal Nature, was made by piecing together observations from space and ground-based telescopes.
The burst of cosmic radio waves has triggered various reactions among netizens, with some also sharing memes to express their views. Here, take a look:
It’s a trap they are setting us up for Dead Space pic.twitter.com/VtU9TH8z28
— Keiotic (@KaoticKei) November 5, 2020
It’s coming from inside the house!
— Sang 許華生 (@2bzen) November 5, 2020
— Mikael Lemberg #BlackLivesMatter 🖤 (@Lemberg) November 5, 2020
— Ath🍃 (@AthenaSaadat) November 4, 2020
Nasa Please don’t go hunting for things you don’t wanna find
— Ekwue Chibuzo (@nathanbolt5) November 5, 2020
— prime_verdana (@prime_verdana) November 5, 2020
(With inputs from AP)
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