"Fast radio bursts" are brief and intense pulses of radio waves that are picked up from outer space. Experts are almost certain that there is no way that these radio waves could have originated from Earth but are completely uncertain of what their cause is. A renaissance in radio astronomy has occurred since the discovery of the fast radio burst phenomenon. Some of the bursts have certain scientists speculating that the FRB'sare signals being transmitted by distant alien civilizations.
An international team of astronomers recently uncovered the brightest fast radio burst to date. Their detection was named FRB 150807 because of its discovery date. It was a radio wave that lasted less than half a millisecond, which is .1 percent of the amount of time it takes a human being to blink its eyes.
Their findings were published in a study in Science called"The magnetic field and turbulence of the cosmic web measured using a brilliant fast radio burst" and involved over a dozen scientists. The astronomersreported in the study that they had pinpointed the origin of the FRB to an area smaller than any other study before it. Their study was published only days after another study, "Discovery of a transient gamma ray counterpart to FRB 131104", reported having seen gamma rays, or highly energetic electromagnetic radiation, closely associatedwith their fast radio burst.