Strange radio bursts that eclipse entire galaxies could come from colliding neutron stars, new study suggests

For the first time, astronomers have linked mysterious pulses of energy called fast radio bursts (FRBs) to ripples in spacetime emitted by collapsing and colliding stars. The results, published on March 27 in the journal natural astronomy (opens in a new tab)offer a new explanation for FRBs, which have vexed scientists for more than a decade.

FRBs are massive bursts of radio energy that can eclipse all the stars in an entire galaxy combined, while lasting only fractions of a second. Although FRBs were discovered in 2007, their origins remain shrouded in mystery. This is partly because, while some FRBs repeat periodically, many appear and disappear within milliseconds.

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