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Fast radio burst tied to distant dwarf galaxy, and perhaps magnetar
January 4, 2017
Since first detected 10 years ago, fast radio bursts have puzzled astronomers. Unlike pulsars, they flash irregularly, most only once, and only for milliseconds. And they seem to come from outside the galaxy, meaning they are very energetic. A team of astronomers has now localized the only repeating burst to a distant dwarf galaxy. University of California, Berkeley's, Casey Law, who created the rapid data collection and analysis software, sees a connection to magnetars.
University of California, Berkeley
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