‘We now know that this particular burst comes from a dwarf galaxy more than 3bn light years from Earth’ said Shami Chatterjee – of Cornell University – who was one of the astronomers involved in the project.
‘That simple fact is a huge advance in our understanding of these events’.
The fact that this burst was so incredibly distant but still detectable confirms Lorimer’s original suspicion that FRBs are produced by events that are very powerful.
The burst from FRB 121102 was emitted at a time when life was first evolving on our planet.
Yet it was still detectable on Earth 3bn years later – indicating it must have been caused by some of the universe’s most energetic phenomena.
Scientists calculate this eruption emits – just for a millisecond – as much power as 500m suns