The Breakthrough Listen Initiative today (Friday, Feb. 14) released data from the most comprehensive survey yet of radio emissions from the plane of the Milky Way galaxy and the region around its central black hole, and it is inviting the public to search the data for signals from intelligent civilizations.(more…)
Recently, the Green Bank Telescope (GBT) confirmed the detection of a repeating fast radio burst (FRB). The super-sensitive GBT was able to confirm that the radio burst from FRB 171019, initially detected by the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) radio telescope, did repeat.
This detection lends credence to the theory that almost all fast radio bursts repeat, just very, very quietly.
Read more about this on the American Astronomical Society (AAS) website.
Astronomers using the GBT have discovered the most massive neutron star to date, a rapidly spinning pulsar approximately 4,600 light-years from Earth. This record-breaking object is teetering on the edge of existence, approaching the theoretical maximum mass possible for a neutron star.(more…)