Released: 14 March 2016
Duration:22 minutes, 55 seconds
Download the .mp3 audio file
We talk to radio astronomer Jason W.T. Hessels, corresponding author on a recent paper in Nature describing a repeating fast radio burst. We asked Dr. Hessels about the discovery of the repeating burst, why his team believes they are from all one source outside our galaxy, what some of the proposed theories to explain the burst are, and efforts to follow up on the detection.
Jason Hessels is an Associate Professor at the University of Amsterdam and the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy. His work focusses on studying the properties of radio pulsars and exploring other very short transient signals from our galaxy and beyond. To do this, he uses the world's largest radio telescopes, including the 305-m dish in Arecibo and the Dutch Low-Frequency Array (LOFAR)
Links:A Repeating Fast Radio Burst
|The Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico|
The Unseen Podcast Discussion of FRBs
What about these FRBs?
The LOFAR Radio Telescope
Credits:Host and Producer: Paul Carr
Music: Jason Robinson and DJ Spooky