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May 7, 2020

Exclusive: Astronomers Might Have The First-Ever Detection of a Fast Radio Burst in Our Own Galaxy

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A Milky Way magnetar called SGR 1935+2154 may have just massively contributed to solving the mystery of powerful deep-space radio signals that have vexed astronomers for years.

On 28 April 2020, the dead star — sitting just 30,000 light-years away — was recorded by radio observatories around the world, seemingly flaring with a single, millisecond-long burst of incredibly bright radio waves that would have been detectable from another galaxy.

In addition, global and space X-ray observatories recorded a very bright X-ray counterpart.

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