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We finally know more about those ‘mysterious flashes of light’ in the sky

Two outback radio telescopes synchronized to spot the same point of sky have revealed more about one of the Universe's most enigmatic events.

The Curtin University-led Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) and CSIRO's Australian SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP) telescopes were searching the sky for fast radio bursts, which are extraordinarily bright flashes of energy coming from deep space.

These exciting events last for only a millisecond but are so bright that many astronomers initially let go the first recorded fast radio burst as an observational error!

Both telescopes were able to capture the same view since the two telescopes are positioned side-by-side in the desert of Western Australia's remote Murchison region.


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