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Three new Fast Radio Bursts discovered - SpaceTime with Stuart Gary Series 20 Episode 28

12 Apr 2017, 06:49 UTC
Three new Fast Radio Bursts discovered - SpaceTime with Stuart Gary Series 20 Episode 28
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*Three new Fast Radio Bursts discovered
Astronomers have used one of Australia’s almost forgotten radio telescopes to discover three new Fast Radio Bursts -- mysterious nanosecond long flashes of energy which have so far defied any explanation. The team made the discovery using the old Molonglo radio telescope 40 kilometres from Canberra.

*Astronomers identify purest, most massive brown dwarf
Astronomers have discovered the most massive brown dwarf ever seen. The record breaking object, known as SDSS J0104+1535 has the purest composition of any brown dwarf ever observed.

*Event Horizon telescope deployed to study black holes
Astronomers have deployed a powerful array of telescopes to undertake the first ever detailed image of the black hole at the centre of our galaxy. The Event Horizon Telescope is an international joint effort to link some of the world’s most powerful radio telescopes to examine Sagittarius A Star -- a supermassive black hole some 4.3 million times the mass of our Sun – located some 27 thousand light years away – in the galactic centre.

*New Horizons already halfway from Pluto to its next target
Nasa’s New Horizons spacecraft is now halfway from its close encounter with Pluto to its flyby of Kuiper Belt object 2014 MU69. The probe will encounter the distant world on January 1st 2019.

*Biggest wave ever recorded
The World Meteorological Organization have announced confirmation of the biggest wave ever detected – measuring some 19 metres or 62.3 feet tall as tall as a six story building. The record breaking wave formed in the North Atlantic Ocean between the United Kingdom and Iceland.

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