The mystery of fast radio bursts: another piece to the puzzle that doesn’t quite fit
Keywords:fast radio bursts, transients, radio astronomy, interferometry, magnetars
Fast radio bursts are millisecond-duration, extremely bright flashes of radio light that reach us from other galaxies. We do not know what they are but compelling evidence suggests that they are generated by young stars called magnetars. We found such an object in a globular cluster, an environment where one would absolutely not expect a magnetar. How did this fast radio burst get there?
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Kirsten, F., Marcote, B., Nimmo, K., Hessels, J. W. T., Bhardwaj, M., Tendulkar, S. P., Keimpema, A., Yang, J., Snelders, M. P., Scholz, P., Pearlman, A. B., Law, C. J., Peters, W. M., Giroletti, M., Paragi, Z., Bassa, C., Hewitt, D. M., Bach, U., Bezrukovs, V., … Vlemmings, W. (2022). A repeating fast radio burst source in a globular cluster. Nature, 602(7898), 585–589. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-021-04354-w
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