It's called a repeating fast radio burst. And we don't yet know what it means. It could be anything from aliens (really) to a highly magnetized star (more likely) to a phenomenon that gives us a glimpse of how the universe was born. We've only ever detected two, and Canadians have found both of them.
It doesn't grab headlines like shuttle launches and space stations, but Canada quietly does a ton of the research and development that allows us to explore to the outer edges of the solar system, and in recent years, well beyond that. Canadian tech is in the Curiosity rover, under the hood of other spacecraft and it was a Canadian project that created the super telescope that detected the most recent repeating FRB. We've been learning more than ever what's hiding in the distant galaxies, and if we ever do find life, it won't happen without Canadian technology.
GUEST: Nicole Mortillaro, senior science reporter, CBC