One, Maybe Two, More Mysterious Radio Bursts from Galactic Center

Radio image of the central region of our Milky Way Galaxy. The white arrow points at the SNR 359.1-00.5 region where intense radio bursts repeated five times spaced 77 minutes apart on the night of September 30, 2002, to October 1, 2002. Image courtesy Northwestern University.
Radio image of the central region of our Milky Way Galaxy. The white arrow points at the SNR 359.1-00.5 region where intense radio bursts repeated five times spaced 77 minutes apart on the night of September 30, 2002, to October 1, 2002. Image courtesy Northwestern University.

Date: Night of September 30 to October 1, 2002.
Radio Wave Size: About 1 meter in wavelength.
Number of Bursts:  Five bursts over 7-hour period.
Name Assigned 5 Radio Bursts:  "GCRT J1745-3009"
Length of Each Burst:  10 minutes duration and each radio burst separated by about 77 minutes of silence. Rise time in intensity was about 8 minutes, slower than decay time which was about two minutes.
Estimated Location: As far as 24,000 light-years, or as close as 300 light-years, toward center of Milky Way galaxy and region of red supernova remnant known as "SNR 359.1-00.5."

October 23, 2006  Sweet Briar, Virginia - A year and a half ago in early March 2005, I reported at Earthfiles about a physicist’s report in Nature concerning a powerful and repeating burst of radio waves toward the center of our Milky Way galaxy in a region known as SNR 359.1-00.5. The galactic center is 26,000 light-years from Earth and is full of stars. There were five radio bursts in 1-meter-long radio wavelengths of 330 MegaHertz detected over a 7 hour period on the night of September 30 to October 1, 2002. The five radio bursts were equally spaced apart by 77 minutes and there were no detectable x-ray emissions. No one studying our galaxy has ever seen any radio bursts like that before. The source is a complete mystery.

 

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