Astronomers Discovered the Most Distant Radio Signals Yet

Sadly it’s from the pulse of a quasar, not DJ Gray spinning all the E.T. hits. Here’s more from MOTHERBOARD:

The signals come from a tremendously powerful “quasar,” a special type of galactic core that radiates enormous amounts of light and energy. Scientists observed this particular quasar, known as P172+18, as it was when the universe was only 780 million years old, or about five percent of its current age.

A team co-led by Eduardo Bañados, a staff astronomer of the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Germany, and Chiara Mazzucchelli, a research fellow at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in Chile, spent years chasing these extremely rare radio signals, hoping to confirm that they were indeed the most distant ever measured.

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