A team of Canadian and American scientists utilizing the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME) has announced a new significant set of fast radio bursts. The research team reported they had identified eight new bursts that repeat. Repeating FRBs are incredibly valuable because their repeating nature could allow scientists to localize their home galaxies. At the same time multi-wavelength follow-up researches can help evaluate whether FRBs are generated at wavelengths other than radio, or not. Up to now, dozens of FRBs have been identified and labeled over the last 12 years, with a couple of them being deep space signals that are known to repeat themselves.
Adding the newly discovered set of bursts, the number of identified repeaters has reached 12. One of the newly identified repeaters flashes every few days, but other sources may go years between signals.The origin could be anything from alien starships to the most probable causes, such as neutron stars. The researchers suggest that one of the bursts could be coming from a galaxy that neighbours own Milky Way.