Hubble Tracks Origins Of Energy Blasts

  • Released Thursday, May 20, 2021

Fast radio bursts or FRBs, are extraordinary events that generate as much energy in a thousandth of a second as the Sun does in an entire year!

Astronomers, using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have traced the locations of eight brief, powerful FRBs; five of which are near or on their host galaxy’s spiral arms. The research helped rule out some of the possible stellar objects originally thought to cause these brilliant flares.

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Additional Visualizations:
Sunrise over the Pacific: Artbeats
Animation of Magnetar: Scott Wiessinger
FRB Locations Animation: Scott Wiessinger and Chris Smith
Gamma Ray Burst Illustration: Michael Starobin
Neutron Star Merger: Michael Starobin
Magnetar Flyby Animation: Chris Smith
Magnetar Flare Sequence: Chris Smith

Music Credits:
"Deep Caverns" by JC Lemay [SACEM] via Koka Media [SACEM], Universal Publishing Production Music France [SACEM], and Universal Production Music.

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This page was originally published on Thursday, May 20, 2021.
This page was last updated on Wednesday, May 3, 2023 at 1:44 PM EDT.


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