The signals last only a few thousandths of a second. But they are strong enough to be detected on Earth, billions of light years away. What kind of object could be emitting them? Astronomers will know which of their four dozen hypotheses are correct, if any, only after collecting lots of data. A new telescope in Canada, CHIME, is starting to provide them with that data. Veteran science journalist Daniel Clery takes the reader with him into the observatory to witness the exciting hunt. The article with inspire anyone fascinated by the nature and origins of the universe.
About the Author
Daniel Clery is deputy news editor at Science magazine. He is the author of A Piece of the Sun: The Quest for Fusion Energy.