Astronomers Spot Intergalactic Radio Bursts

Astronomers have spotted more than a dozen new pulses of radio waves coming from outside our galaxy, including a few bursts that stem from the exact same location in the sky.

It’s only the second time we’ve found these weird intergalactic flashes, known as fast radio bursts that repeatedly come from one spot in space. This discovery brings us one step closer to figuring out where these weird pulses come from.

The discovery excites astronomers because repeating fast radio bursts, or FRBs, allow astronomers to make multiple observations, to home in on where they’re coming from. Pinpointing their intergalactic origins could help us figure out which objects are likely sending these excited flashes our way.

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