It’s September 2018, and a brand-new radio telescope is in its first week of scanning distant corners of the universe in the hunt for unusual signals. Researchers have already discovered some telltale signs of mysterious radio waves known as fast radio bursts. And one of those has an extremely rare property: it repeats.
The enigmatic radio signals have been detected by the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME) telescope. Sat about three miles from British Columbia’s Okanagan Falls, The Canadian Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory hosts the CHIME telescope. The Observatory is also home to an array of other exploratory devices, including four orthodox radio telescopes.