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Have astronomers captured their first 'blitzar'?

For the first time, astronomers have captured an intense flash of radio waves known as a fast radio burst in real time, EarthSky reports. The event lasted only a few milliseconds, but some scientists argue that the blast may have originated up to 5.5 billion light-years away, suggesting the signal was caused by a very powerful source. The origin of these particular radio waves is unclear, but scientists have speculated that such bursts may originate when rapidly spinning neutron stars collapse into black holes in a hypothetical phenomenon known as a blitzar.

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