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On March 9, the brightest Fast Radio Burst detected so far was picked up by CSIRO’s Parkes Radio Telescope, located in Australia. Dubbed FRB 180309, it had a signal-to-noise ratio of 411, making it the brightest one we’ve seen “by far.”
But it wouldn’t be a mystery if there wasn’t a catch. FRBs, despite being absurdly bright and powerful, don’t seem to appear in patterns. They come from many different parts of the sky, but it seems that only two have ever come from the same source: FRB 121102, which may have come from a neutron star. The others appear almost randomly, making studying them difficult. On top of that, only 33 have ever been observed.
Could this be a case of interstellar language getting lost in translation? Well, it looks like FRBs will remain a mystery.