Fast radio burst with a repeating pattern detected from outer space offers something significant

Posted at 8:03 AM, Jun 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-11 09:03:25-04

While radio signals coming from outer space aren’t anything new, the latest repeating fast radio burst offers something significant.

This is only the second time in history where scientists have been able to detect a radio signal from another galaxy that repeats on a regular basis.

Scientists at the University of Manchester in England say the fast radio burst follows a cyclic pattern, which has radio bursts that last about 90 days in a window that are then followed by a period of silence of 67 days.

The discovery provides an all-important clue that helps scientists figure out where these radio frequency bursts are coming from.

Researchers say the frequency has the same start-stop pattern, that repeats every 157 days.

Fast radio bursts were only first discovered in 2007.

In 2016, it was discovered that some of the frequencies can repeat.

This latest discovery by researchers in the United Kingdom proves that the signals can have patterns as well.