Space mystery: Astronomers discover radio source in nearby galaxy

ASTRONOMERS have discovered a strange radio signal from deep space, tracing it back to a nearby galaxy.

PUBLISHED: 16:13, Tue, Sep 15, 2020 | UPDATED: 16:15, Tue, Sep 15, 2020

Astronomers have identified a radio “relic” in a relatively close galaxy cluster dubbed A2384. Radio relics are elongated radio sources spread over a huge area and most likely created by electromagnetic space radiation.

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The remnants of these radio waves occur in the form of spectacular single or double arcs at the furthest edges of galaxies.

These anomalies are of particular interest because the number of radio relics associated with merger shocks - created when galaxy clusters collide - is still small.

The researchers made the discovery with the use of South Africa’s cutting-edge MeerKAT radio telescope.

A2384 is known to be a relatively close, low-mass, complex cluster of galaxies.

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Space news: Astronomers have discovered a radio source in nearby galaxySpace news: Astronomers have discovered a radio source in nearby galaxy (Image: Getty)

Space news: Researchers made the discovery with the use of South Africa’s cutting-edge MeerKAT radio telescopeSpace news: Researchers made the discovery with the use of South Africa’s cutting-edge MeerKAT radio telescope (Image: Getty)

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