The Mysterious Origins of Fast Radio Bursts

With the discovery of fast radio bursts, astronomers once again navigate the path from weird result to verified science.

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Duncan Lorimer will never forget the moment he stumbled upon one of the great new mysteries in astronomy. The English radio astronomer at West Virginia University had asked an undergraduate, David Narkovic, to comb through pulsar survey data from the Parkes Observatory in Australia. One fateful day in 2006, Narkovic walked into Lorimer’s office with evidence of an unusual observation: a pulse of radio waves from the sky unlike any seen before. It was among the brightest observations ever i...
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