Chinese scientists have detected a new fast radio burst (FRB) from elsewhere in the universe with the help of the world’s largest radio telescope. FRBs are mysterious radio flashes lasting just a few thousandths of a second that were confirmed in 2016 to originate in the cosmos. There is still no explanation for its origins.
Using the Five Hundred Meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST) located in southwest China’s Guizhou Province, a local research team found a weak radio signal after analyzing massive research data and reported the discovery in the end. September to the international astronomical community.
FAST is the world’s largest single-dish radio telescope, with a reception area equal to 30 standard football fields. Situated in a naturally deep and round depression, it officially began operating on January 11, 2020. It has since embarked on FRB detection and captured the first four non-repeating FRBs, in 2020. According to scientists, more discoveries of FRBs can provide clues about a wide range of astrophysical problems.