21 January 2015

Swinburne University of Technology PhD student Emily Petroff 'saw' the burst live - a first for astronomers.

Lasting only milliseconds, the first such radio burst was discovered in 2007 by astronomers combing old Parkes data archives for unrelated objects.

Six more bursts, apparently from outside our Galaxy, have now been found with the Parkes telescope and a seventh with the Arecibo telescope in Puerto Rico.

The CSIRO website has more information about the cosmic radio burst and the discovery has been published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.