(ORDO NEWS) — A new study was published Wednesday that explores one of the mysteries of the universe. A burst of cosmic radio waves was recorded in our galaxy some time ago, and scientists finally managed to establish the source.
Powerful bursts of radio emission, which were recorded more than a decade ago, have puzzled scientists. As a rule, they appeared outside our galaxy, but this year several telescopes recorded a burst of radiation directly in the Milky Way. Experts even managed to establish what exactly became the source of the radio signal. It was a galactic magnetar, which was named SGR 1935 + 2154.
Magnetars are young neutron-type stars that have incredibly strong magnetic fields. For a long time, scientists have tried to find them in the Universe in order to better study radio bursts. This case can be called special, because for the first time astronomers were able to trace the recorded signal directly to the magnetar itself.
Christopher Bochenek, along with other scientists, stated that in just a millisecond, a magnetar is able to release as much energy as the sun produces in 30 seconds. The power of the energy can be compared with those radio bursts that were recorded far beyond the Milky Way. This once again confirms the theory that magnetars are the source of most of the extragalactic bursts.
It is worth noting that up to 10 thousand signals can be recorded daily, but high-energy surges were detected for the first time only in 2007. Since that time, scientists have begun to do everything possible to get at least some information about flares, but it is very difficult to study a signal if you do not know where to look for its beginning.
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