Fast radio bursts ‘twists and shouts’ help scientists determine source of cosmic blasts

Media Note: Images, artwork and descriptions can be downloaded at this link. ITHACA, N.Y. – An international group of astronomers has found that the Cornell University-discovered fast radio burst FRB 121102 – a brief, gigantic pulse of radio waves from 3 billion light years away – passes through a veil of magnetized plasma. This causes the cosmic […]

Cosmic source found for mysterious ‘fast radio burst’

Cornell University researchers and a global team of astronomers have uncovered the cosmological source of a sporadically repeating milliseconds-long “fast radio burst.” Once thinking these bursts had emanated from within the Milky Way galaxy, or from cosmic neighbors, the astronomers now confirm that they are long-distance flashes from across the universe – more than 3 […]

Explosive start not needed for fast radio bursts

ITHACA, N.Y. – After combing through Cornell-archived data, astronomers have discovered the pop-pop-pop of a mysterious, cosmic Gatling gun – 10 millisecond-long “fast radio bursts” – caught by the Arecibo telescope in Puerto Rico, as reported in Nature, March 2. In the past eight years, scientists have found 17 fast radio bursts, or FRBs. Until […]

Cornell plays key role surfing for gravitational waves

A full century after Albert Einstein’s Theory of Relativity proclaimed that gravitational waves cause ripples in spacetime, humanity may finally have the tools to detect these waves. The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $14.5 million to the North American Nanohertz Observatory for Gravitational Waves (NANOGrav) consortium over five years to create and operate a […]