Tuesday, October 24, 2023


I am always on the hopes for a better world out there. I mean, depending on how the 2024 election goes, relocating to South America or Europe might not be far enough away. 

Last week astronomers caught a radio signal that took 8 billion years to reach earth. The signal was only a millisecond long - and whomever sent it is probably bemoaning the roaming charges when they realized where it landed.

FRB 20220610A actually lasted less than a millisecond, though I don't know what that really equates to. And yes, I know I ended my sentence in a preposition. 

Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) are allegedly quite common...........if you're Jodi Foster, I suppose. Current theories suggest FRBs such as the one discovered as part of the study may come from magnetars, a type of neutron star with a magnetic field a trillion times strong than the Sun's.  

I'm still not sure how they gather that data, or how they tell from how long it took to get here. But then again, I don't have a degree in astrophysics and did take Math 104 twice.  That wasn't really due to being stupid as much as it was from being drunk or hungover, and scheduling a math class at 08:00.  ......which is stupid, but just in another way. 

Somehow the bursts properties can be measured and tell us how the universe has evolved. 

I don't think they can do that with on FRB that is less than a millisecond, but a millisecond here and a millisecond there.........the start to add up, I suppose.

Scientists found that burst was made up of two or three bright clumps (whatever those are). This suggests that the blast might have emerged from a group of colliding galaxies rather than only one — a common event during the early days of the universe.  .....again, from something less than a millisecond long. 

Premature ejaculators - don't feel so bad. What you is like an eternity in comparison. 

Song by: Big Audio Dynamite


Raybeard said...

I didn't know about that radio signal, so thanks for that.
Sometimes - or seemingly very often - one hears figures that are so beyond the human brain's capability of getting one's mind around it that it's useless to even try. One can do nothing but sit back and let naked 'awe' overwhelm one. Like only a few weeks ago (and you likely already know this) I heard that the largest black hole we've yet discovered (TON618) has a mass 66 BILLION times that of our sun. And you can bet your bottom dollar that it's not going to be the biggest in the whole Universe, maybe nothing like it. At a time when nothing surprises any more I fully expect sometime we learn that even that one that is a mere pygmy by comparison with another yet-to-be-discovered. If the subject wasn't so endlessly fascinating I might just want to give up, but I won't - and can't!

Travel said...

Maybe it was just static electricity in the listening station.

James Dwight Williamson said...

I think it probably isn’t going to impact my day to day life.

Ur-spo said...

No one worries about that sort of thing anymore it's all taken care of with serotonin-based Rx.