We’ve finally spotted a pattern in mysterious radio blasts from space

We’ve finally spotted a pattern in mysterious radio blasts from space 6 February 2020

Fast radio bursts are blasting towards Earth

Jingchuan Yu, Beijing Planetarium / NRAO

For years, astronomers have been searching for patterns in strange blasts of radio waves coming from space. These fast radio bursts (FRBs) had seemed totally random, but for the first time we have seen an FRB that turns off and on again at regular intervals. Now we just need to figure out why.

FRBs are extremely powerful, flashing with the intensity of hundreds of millions of suns for just a few milliseconds. Most of them flash only once, but some so-called “repeaters” burst many times from the …

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