The ASKAP telescope.
Original Published Date: 
Monday, July 8, 2019

Full briefing released by the Australian Science Media Centre.

For the first time ever, an ARC-supported team of researchers has determined the location of a one-off 'fast radio burst'. Scientists don’t know what causes these intense radio bursts from outer space but determining their precise location is an exciting step towards explaining the cause of these phenomena.

Since the discovery of fast radio bursts in 2007, a global hunt has netted 85 of these bursts and in 2017 astronomers pinpointed the location of a ‘repeater” burst. Until now, pinpointing the location of a one-off burst has not been achieved. The exciting discovery was made with support from an ARC Discovery Projects grant led by Associate Professor Jean-Pierre Macquart, based at Curtin University, and an ARC Future Fellowship awarded to Associate Professor Adam Deller, who is based at Swinburne University.

The discovery was made using the CSIRO's Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) radio telescope in Western Australia, and the home galaxy was imaged by three of the world's largest optical telescopes.

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Image: the Milky Way galaxy stretches above the core group of CSIRO’s Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) radio telescope. Credit:CSIRO/AlexCherney.