Scientists have tracked down intense radio signals that have been coming from space. Researchers found that the blasts appear to be coming from a star system 14 light years away.
Now researchers have made a new breakthrough by looking at the precise location of four previously discovered fast radio bursts. Using the ASKAP radio telescope located in the Western Australian outback, astronomers were able to "zoom in" onto the host galaxies of the burst, in an attempt to understand whether their neighbourhoods could give any clue about where they are coming from.
Mysterious radio signals from space have been known to repeat, but for the first time, researchers have noticed a pattern in a series of bursts coming from a single source.
Fast radio bursts, or FRBs, are millisecond-long bursts of radio waves in space. Individual radio bursts emit once and don't repeat. But repeating fast radio bursts are known to send out short, energetic radio waves multiple times. And usually when they repeat, it's sporadic or in a cluster, according to previous observations.