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WA telescope detects ‘fierce energy spikes’ beyond Milky Way

Researchers using a radio telescope in WA have detected 20 mysterious, powerful wave signals known as “fast radio bursts” in the past year – almost double the number of unique signals detected worldwide since they were discovered in 2007.

The team also found the closest and brightest fast radio bursts ever detected, according to findings published in science journal Nature on Thursday.

“Using the new technology of the Australia Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder, we’ve also proved that fast radio bursts are coming from the other side of the universe rather than from our own galactic neighbourhood,” said lead author Ryan Shannon from Swinburne University of Technology.

VideoThe state government has signalled it would like the soon to be established space agency to be based in WA.

A fast radio burst is a fierce spike of energy that comes from outside our galaxy and lasts for just milliseconds.

Scientists do not know what causes these mysterious radio waves or which galaxies they come from but say they must involve incredible energy, equivalent to the amount released by the sun over 80 years.

Co-author Jean-Pierre Macquart from Curtin University said the bursts travel for billions of years and occasionally pass through clouds of gas.

“Each time this happens, the different wavelengths that make up a burst are slowed by different amounts,” he said.

“Eventually, the burst reaches Earth with its spread of wavelengths arriving at the telescope at slightly different times, like swimmers at a finish line,” he added.

“Timing the arrival of the different wavelengths tells us how much material the burst has travelled through on its journey.”

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