Fast radio storms (FRBs) are probably the most interesting of all the mysteries from outer space, according tomedia BGR. These incredibly powerful signals are transmitted over long distances that scientists on Earth can detect at regular intervals. Yet the sudden emergence of these brief and violent bursts of radio waves remains a mystery.
Most rapid radio storms appear without a trace, and scientists will never receive their signals again. Some rare rapid radio storms are repeated, but scientists have not previously found that rapid radio storms that recur regularly… Until now. As ScienceAlert reports, scientists have detected a new fast radio pulse that seems to be in an incredible regular cycle. This is a new development in the study of rapid radio storms, an exciting discovery for astronomers and the subject of a new research paper.
Every 16.35 days, scientists detect signals from the fast radio storm FRB 180916.J0158 plus 65. Once activated, the radio energy explosion that reaches Earth will last about four days. Then, over the next 12 days, the signal disappears completely and then restarts at normal time.
But what’s the cause? Scientists believe that this intense energy explosion is the result of pulsar or black hole activity, and that the explosion occurs regularly because nearby stars or other celestial bodies regularly prevent it from flowing outwards from the center point. In any case, astronomers will continue to observe the rapid radio storms and monitor their intensity changes, and see if the regular schedule changes.