The CSIRO’s Dr Keith Bannister says it was “hard to actually discover” the type of galaxies where the detected radio bursts in space originated from.

“Really pinpointing it to this particular type of galaxy told us a lot of information that we just didn’t have before,” he told Sky News Australia.

“We were able to do a really neat trick where you can, you can work out how much matter there is in the universe by looking at each of these bursts and also measuring their distances,” he said.

“When you do that you can work out the amount of normal matter in the universe which is a difficult number to measure.”

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