Fast Radio Bursts, commonly known as FRBs, have always been mysterious to scientists out there. Although many have been observed in the past, the origin of the bursts are still under debate. Now, however, the new set of these bursts may change the whole perception. According to a recently-published study, the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder was able to detect 19 fast radio bursts that were not discovered in the past by any other team. This huge number of FRBs will be helpful in solving the mysteries behind the origin as well as the process of how these are created.
It must be noted that the number 19 is much higher than what was previous conceived. Previously, only 12 FRBs were discovered and the entire research was based on them. Now that the numbers have increased, the science community have more evidence to depend upon. The first FRB was detected back in 2007 and the research team has achieved something great in the period of 11 years. In case you did not know, fast radio bursts are shorter but intense emissions of radio light. Despite the shorter span of milliseconds, they contain power that is parallel to what the Sun could produce in years.
As said earlier, the origin and functioning of fast radio bursts are under contention by various scientists across the globe. There are people who believe that FRBs are made by alien civilization and that finding the origin of these bursts would also lead to the discovery of such civilizations. At the same time, some scientists attribute the phenomenon to natural reasons such as old neutron stars in and outside the galaxy. The paper, published in the journal named Nature, also lists out more details about around 20 FRBs that were found in the whole process. The researchers say that further studies are required to know about more about these.