ESOcast 207 Light: Enigmatic radio burst illuminates a galaxy’s tranquil ​halo (4K UHD)

In November 2018 the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) radio telescope pinpointed a fast radio burst, named FRB 181112. Follow-up observations with ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) and other telescopes revealed that the radio pulses have passed through the halo of a massive galaxy on their way toward Earth. This finding allowed astronomers to analyse the radio signal for clues about the nature of the halo gas.

The video is available in 4K UHD.

The ESOcast Light is a series of short videos bringing you the wonders of the Universe in bite-sized pieces. The ESOcast Light episodes will not be replacing the standard, longer ESOcasts, but complement them with current astronomy news and images in ESO press releases.

Credit:

Directed by: Herbert Zodet.
Editing: Herbert Zodet.
Web and technical support: Gurvan Bazin and Raquel Yumi Shida.
Written by: Caroline Reid and Mariya Lyubenova.
Music: STAN DART (www.stan-dart.com) — Xmas Special
Footage and photos: ESO, CSIRO, C. Malin (christophmalin.com), M. Kornmesser and B. Tafreshi (twanight.org).
Scientific consultant: Mariya Lyubenova.

About the Video

Id:eso1915a
Release date:26 September 2019, 20:00
Related releases:eso1915
Duration:01 m 22 s
Frame rate:25 fps

About the Object

Name:FRB 181112
Type:Early Universe : Galaxy : Activity : AGN
Category:ESOcast
Galaxies

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