New York (The Verge) — Astronomers trace mysterious space radio waves to a source within our galaxy theverge.com/2020/11/4/2154….
Astronomers say they have successfully pinpointed the source of a blast of radio waves — known as fast radio bursts — to a source within our own Milky Way galaxy. The discovery could help solve where these mysterious flashes come from.
The radio waves, — known as fast radio bursts, or FRBs — seem to have sprouted from an incredibly powerful “zombie” star lurking in our galaxy, according to three papers published in the journalNature. Called a neutron star, the object is a super dense leftover that forms when a massive star, bigger than our own Sun, collapses in on itself. But this neutron star is what’s known as a magnetar. It hosts an incredibly powerful magnetic field that stores mind-boggling amounts of energy, capable of distorting the shapes of atoms. — Loren Grush/@verge