It Came From Outer Space: Weird Radio Signal Came From Distant Galaxy

By Staff Reporter - 22 Jul '19 03:01AM
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  • It came from outer space: Weird radio signal came from distant galaxy
  • (Photo : CSIRO/Alex Cherney) It came from outer space: Weird radio signal came from distant galaxy

For the first time, the origin of a single radio pulse has been pinpointed to a distant galaxy several billion light-years away, a new study said. The cause of the bursts remains unknown but the ability to determine their exact location is a big leap towards solving this mystery, the study said.

The "fast radio burst" - a very short-lived pulse of radio waves that comes from across the universe - has been identified as originating from a Milky-Way-sized galaxy some 3.6 billion light-years away.  

"This is the big breakthrough that the field has been waiting for since astronomers discovered fast radio bursts in 2007," said study lead author Keith Bannister of Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation.

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