A radio signal from 8 billion light years away could reveal the secrets of the universe’s ‘dark ages’

A radio signal from 8 billion light years away could reveal the secrets of the universe’s ‘dark ages’

Using warped space-time as a magnifying glass, astronomers have found the most distant signal of its kind from a remote galaxy, and it could blow a window into how our universe formed.

The highest ever radio frequency signal, picked up by India’s Ground Meter Radio Telescope (GMRT), came from the galaxy SDSSJ0826+5630, located 8.8 billion light years from Earth, which meaning that the signal was emitted when the universe was about a third of its current age.

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