Newly discovered and poorly understood fast radio bursts (FRBs) lasting milliseconds originate from distant cosmic locations. Some of these eruptions only explode once and others are repeated. Why remains a mystery.
Now a team of researchers, In the new study published in Astrophysical Journal It indicates that the recurring type could be due to the interaction and decay of a planet with its magnetar.
According to the new hypothesis, after the strong gravity of neutron stars rips apart parts of the planet, stellar winds of particles and radiation from the neutron star can interact with it and lead to “really powerful radio emissions.” Huang said.
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Astronomers didn’t know about FRBs — millisecond bursts of radio waves that emit, according to estimates, as much energy as the Sun in three days — until 2007, when the first of their kind was discovered. Since then researchers have added hundreds of them to the count.
The researchers were able to confirm their hypothesis about at least two FRBs, the first of which was discovered in 2016 and appears to repeat every 160 days, and the other every 16 days. Despite this apparent new hypothesis, much remains unknown about FRBs, and there is a lack of solid scientific evidence to come up with any form of conclusive hypothesis about their existence.
However, no one can deny that the concept of being a “scream star” of radio waves certainly provides an exciting twist.
As mentioned science news, who interviewed study co-author and Nanjing University astronomer Yongfeng Huang, who repeatedly monitored FRBs over several years to track any changes in time between bursts could narrow down whether this hypothesis could explain the observations.
Edited by Felipe Espinosa Wang.