P958 - Searching for repetition from ASKAP fast radio bursts

Also known as: P958

Brief description Fast radio bursts are brilliant flashes of radio emission that outshine most other sources in the sky for the blink of they eye that they are seen. Because of their short duration, it has been hard to tell where they come from and what causes them. Recently one has been found to repeat (making it much easier to study), and it comes from a very distant galaxy (billions of light years away). To better understand the bursts, we are conducting a survey with the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder in Western Australia to more than double the known objects. We are using the Parkes telescope to see if any of the new bursts repeat.

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