RCIScience: Strange Signals: Fast Radio Bursts (ONLINE)

Artist’s impression of a fast radio burst, Credit: ESO/M. Kornmesser
Artist’s impression of a fast radio burst, Credit: ESO/M. Kornmesser
Sunday, February 28, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Astronomy is a science of eons. In the cosmos, things change over millions or  billions of years. Most transient events in the sky are due to happenings in our own solar system. But, roughly a decade ago, astronomers began to detect bursts of radio energy that lasted only a few milliseconds. They arrived from anywhere in the sky, had clearly travelled from great distances and carried jaw-dropping amounts of energy.

These so-called Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) became a serious puzzle. Difficult to detect because they are so short lived, FRBs kept astronomers up at night wondering where they could possibly come from. Some even went so far as to suggest they were created by an extraterrestrial intelligence. Recently, with the help of the new Canadian telescope, CHIME, the source of these strange signals may finally have been uncovered. Spoiler Alert: it’s not little green men!

Join RCIScience on an astronomical detective hunt spanning the globe and the galaxies, meeting some of the weirder ideas from astrophysics along the way, as we search for the source of these strange signals.

Who can attend: Everyone
Fee: Free
Registration: Eventbrite
Organized by: The Royal Canadian Institute for Science
Link: https://www.youtube.com/rciscience/live