Radio flashes point to mysterious object in the sky

Zsolt Paragi, Joint Institute for VLBI ERIC (JIVE)

Banningzaal, 11.15 uur - 11.35 uur

Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) are short radio flashes that have puzzled astronomers for the past ten years.  Astronomers suspect that they originate from deep in space, but have little idea what produces them. Do they come from extremely dense neutron stars, or from the vicinity of a vast black hole with a mass comparable to millions of stars? Astronomers recently used arrays of powerful radio telescopes to obtain an accurate sky position of an FRB - revealing a distant object we have never seen before.

Zsolt Paragi | Head of User Support, Data processor research and Development group
Joint Institute for VLBI ERIC (JIVE), Astron

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