The radio source for the mystery flashes is located in an extremely dense and highly magnetic environment,  scientists behind the discovery believe. Photo: Shutterstock
The radio source for the mystery flashes is located in an extremely dense and highly magnetic environment, scientists behind the discovery believe. Photo: Shutterstock
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China’s FAST telescope detects mystery radio flashes from 3 billion light years away, with energy to rival the sun

  • Fast radio bursts last only a few milliseconds each but can release as much energy as the sun does in a year
  • Latest FRB from inside distant galaxy one of ‘most active’ ever seen, lead astronomer says in Nature report

The radio source for the mystery flashes is located in an extremely dense and highly magnetic environment,  scientists behind the discovery believe. Photo: Shutterstock
The radio source for the mystery flashes is located in an extremely dense and highly magnetic environment, scientists behind the discovery believe. Photo: Shutterstock

Corrected [5:00pm, 9 Jun, 2022]

  • [5:00pm, 9 Jun, 2022]

    An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Dai Zigao is an astrophysicist at Nanjing University. Dai is with the University of Science and Technology of China

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