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Astronomers Pick Up “Unusual Repeating Signal” Emanating From Distant Galaxy…

On Wednesday, BNL News reported astronomers in Canada have picked up strange signals coming from a galaxy over one billion light years away:

BREAKING: Astronomers say a telescope in Canada picked up signals emanating from a distant galaxy. Among 13 bursts of fast radio waves, known as FRBs, was a very unusual repeating signal, coming from the same source about 1.5 billion light years away.

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From BBC News:

Astronomers have revealed details of mysterious signals emanating from a distant galaxy, picked up by a telescope in Canada.

The precise nature and origin of the blasts of radio waves is unknown.

Among the 13 fast radio bursts, known as FRBs, was a very unusual repeating signal, coming from the same source about 1.5 billion light years away.

Such an event has only been reported once before, by a different telescope.

“Knowing that there is another suggests that there could be more out there,” said Ingrid Stairs, an astrophysicist from the University of British Columbia (UBC).

“And with more repeaters and more sources available for study, we may be able to understand these cosmic puzzles – where they’re from and what causes them.”

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UPDATE: Scientific journal Nature published an article today titled A second source of repeating fast radio bursts which covers, in detail, the strange new discovery.

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