(Gray News) - For the first time, researchers have discovered a pattern of radio signal bursts coming from a single location in space.
The Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment/Fast Radio Burst Project collaboration detected the fast radio bursts. They occurred every 16.35 days from a source 500 million light-years from Earth, in the outskirts of a “massive spiral galaxy.”
FRBs send out milliseconds-long radio waves multiple times, although they have been sporadic or in clusters in other known cases.
The researchers discussed a number of theories for the cause of the radio waves, including neutron stars or other post-supernova activity, as well as the combination of orbital motion and a lower-mass black hole.
There was no mention of extraterrestrial life as a possibility for the radio bursts.
CNN said astronomers can use FRBs to better map how matter is distributed across the universe.