The first phenomena of this type were recorded in 2007. From distant galaxies, they are called fast radio burst (FRB). They last a few milliseconds and generate energy equivalent to several hundred million Suns.
The researchers had previously searched for these signals, scanning the huge databases recorded during deep space observations. However, researcher Wael Farah and colleagues at Swinburne University of Technology in Australia have been successful in developing a FRB detection system, according to the Live Science news site.
Using this system, the telescope autonomously detects such bursts in real time and immediately goes into recording mode. Thanks to this new approach, scientists have been able to record five new signals, some tens of millions of years old, coming from distant galaxies.
The results showed that all FRBs were unique. Astronomers continue to use artificial intelligence in the hope of identifying the origin of these bursts.