Study Finds, Mysterious Cosmic Radio Waves Could Have Come From a Starquake

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Study Finds, Mysterious Cosmic Radio Waves Could Have Come From a Starquake

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For almost 10 years, astronomers have been trying to track down the source of mysterious cosmic radiowaves called Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs), which are brighter than our Sun, packed with energy, and flash across the Universe in random directions thousands of times a day.

While they’re believed to originate somewhere in the distant Universe, scientists have had a hard time figuring out these strange bright flashes since their discovery back in 2007, because each of them lasts for a mere faction of a second before disappearing. But recent analysis of more than 650 hours of archival data has brought us closer than ever to an answer and it turns out that a starquake – like an earthquake but on a star – could be the source.