Unexplained cosmic radio burst captured in real-time

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PARKES, Australia, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- For the first time in history, a fast radio burst (FRB) was recorded in real-time. The massive (but quickly dissipating) burst of radio waves was captured by the Parkes Telescope in New South Wales, Australia.
A fast radio burst, sometimes called a blitzar, is a tight band of radio-frequency waves that lasts only a millisecond. But the energy packed into that fleeting burst is the equivalence of what the sun puts out over the course of one million years.

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The new study detailing last year's burst was published this week in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.