Astronomers may be on the verge of solving one of the greatest mysteries of space after a Canadian telescope has discovered eight new repetitive radio signals called "rapid bursts of radio."

These are bright pulses of radio emissions lasting only milliseconds, which are believed to originate from distant galaxies.

The source of these emissions is still unclear – but scientists were particularly fascinated by "repeaters," where the pulse repeats since the first rapid radio burst was found in 2007.

Canada's CHIME Telescope (CHIME) Theories range from highly magnetized neutron stars, which are blown up by gas streams from a nearby supermassive black hole, to signatures of technologies developed by advanced civilizations.

Now telescopes have discovered many more "repeaters", and scientists hope to understand the origins of the mysterious explosions.

The results of the Canadian CHIME telescope were published on the arXiv Preprint server, with eight repeaters discovered.

An Australian telescope, the Square Kilometer Array Pathfinder, also found one, reported the renowned science journal Nature.

CHIME researcher Bryan Gaensler said, "In 25 years of astronomy research, this is undoubtedly the most exciting project I've ever worked on."

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