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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 3:49 pm 
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Astronomers probe source of mysterious, powerful radio signal from beyond galaxy
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Last updated 19:28, January 12 2018
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The Arecibo telescope, in Puerto Rico, shown in this artist's impression receiving the fast radio burst.

Fast radio bursts beaming from beyond our galaxy, are astonishingly powerful, and nobody knows what – or who – is making them.

Now an international team of astronomers, including Australian scientists, have made a discovery that could start to unravel the mystery.

In a cover story published in Nature on Thursday, they report the bursts are coming from one of the most extreme and unusual objects ever seen – possibly a tiny but powerful star trapped in a field of ionised gas that has been spun off by a nebula, or been ejected from a supernova.
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The Green Bank telescope in West Virginia also received a flash from FRB 121102. The flash was extremely 'twisted'.

"We don't really know what's producing these bursts," says Dr Charlotte Sobey​, an astronomer at the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research and CSIRO who worked on the discovery.

"But they have enormous power. As much energy is released in a single millisecond as the sun releases in a single day."

FRBs, as they are known, have fascinated astronomers since they were discovered in the archive data of NSW's Parkes radio telescope in 2007.

Enormously powerful bursts of radio waves that last for milliseconds, they have defied explanation for years – leading some to suggest they are the communications of some distant alien civilisation.

The team that made the discovery have been studying FRB 121102, an FRB source unique because its signal keeps repeating over and over.

They called in Dr Sobey, an expert in the rotation of light, when they noticed the signal had a unique attribute: extreme polarisation.

Polarised light is light that vibrates in only one direction. Light from the sun is unpolarised – its electric charges vibrate in multiple directions. Polarised glasses let in light that vibrates in only one direction, which is why they make things darker.

Dr Sobey immediately saw the light she had been asked to look at was very unusual. It was extremely polarised, about as polarised as any radio source can be.

More unusually, the light had been "twisted", she says, hitting the Earth like a corkscrew. This is usually caused by light moving through an extremely strong magnetic field generated by a field of dense ionised gas, known as plasma.

Dr Sobey realised she was looking at an "extreme object".

The FRB's polarisation points to one of two sources.

Most likely, the bursts are being generated by a tiny but energetic star that has become trapped within the dense plasma cloud of a powerful nebula. The star's polarised light is being twisted by the surrounding plasma before it reaches us.

That, or the star is trapped near a super-massive black hole, which could produce similar effects.

While the mystery is far from solved, Dr Sobey believes the evidence is now firmly stacked against FRBs being generated by alien life.

"I personally don't think it could be aliens. We have seen these FRBs come from lots of different directions in the sky, and we think it's very unlikely there are many different civilisations spread throughout this range in the universe that would all communicate using the same kind of technique.

"It also needs a lot of power to generate these type of signals, so we think it must be of astrophysical origin."

- smh.com.au

https://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/1005 ... ond-galaxy

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Incredible 'Hypatia' Stone Contains Compounds Not Found in the Solar System

"Named for Hypatia of Alexandria, the first prominent Western woman astronomer and mathematician, the colorful rock was found in 1996 in western Egypt by Aly Barakat, a geologist working for the Egyptian Geological Survey. Barakat was studying Libyan desert glass, which appears to be similar to sea glass from the ocean, except geologists believe it might have formed roughly 28 million years ago in a meteorite impact.

Barakat immediately recognized the unique significance of the glossy stone, lined with microscopic diamonds, and he suspected that it did not come from Earth. In 2013, geologists studying the Hypatia stone confirmed the rock was of extraterrestrial origin. Unlike any known meteorite, researchers originally believed the Hypatia stone was the first sample of a comet nucleus."

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Super blue blood moon eclipse on the cards

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At a time of year when the sun tends to monopolise attention, the moon is getting in on the act with a triple whammy.

Three unusual lunar events will coincide on Wednesday night: a blue moon, a super moonand a blood moon.

A blue moon signifies two new moons during the same month, because the moon's orbit does not coincide completely with the calendar.

A super moon is when the moon gets the closest to earth.

And a blood moon or total lunar eclipse happens when the earth, sun and moon are all lined up, making the moon appear red.

Physics professor Richard Easther of Auckland University said even for someone in his profession, it was going to be a special event.

"To be corny, it's a majesty of the heavens...I don't want to wax too poetic but the same human instincts that makes the sky cool for everybody certainly works for astrophysicists."

Professor Richard Easther - Super blue blood moon eclipse (15 min 30 sec)

It will be the first time a super blue blood moon has occurred on the same night since 31 March,1866.

http://www.msn.com/en-nz/news/techandsc ... ocid=ientp

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Tonight's the night for the Super Blue Blood Moon Eclipse from around midnight through to one a.m. local time, complete with a Dark Side of the Moon soundtrack.....

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Ground control to Major Tom - we have LIFT OFF! Moment the World's most powerful space rocket fires a Tesla Roadster to MARS - while the car plays Bowie's Space Oddity on its stereo (for the benefit of the crash test dummy behind its wheel)

'Falcon Heavy' has finally blasted off from Cape Canaveral in a historic launch for Elon Musk's SpaceX
The massive three-core rocket is carrying Musk's red Tesla Roadster, with a dummy inside dubbed Starman
Powered by 27 engines, the rocket features three reusable cores that will return to Earth after liftoff
Main module will separate and release the car, sending it to the orbit of Mars 140 million miles away
The test will mark the first time SpaceX has flown its new, high-capacity rocket following months of delays



Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5356825/Video-reveals-Elon-Musks-car-fired-MARS.html



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Elon must be a "Heavy Metal" fan!

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Elon must be a "Heavy Metal" fan!

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Listen to Falcon Heavy’s side boosters send six sonic booms roaring across the land.


http://bgr.com/2018/02/07/spacex-sonic- ... r-landing/

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So what time do we start cleaning all the other spacejunk from Earth orbit?
The Elon Musk space-car -although out of Earth orbit- appears no more spectacular that dumping a helicopter off the side of an aircraft carrier and into the ocean.

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Talk about Cosmic Debris! :P

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Andromeda Galaxy Brought Down To Size for Head-to-Head Collision With Milky Way
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