Astronomers solve 17-year radio beeping mystery: it was their microwave

A seventeen-year conundrum that baffled astronomers at the Parkes observatory in Australia has finally been solved.

Once or twice a year, starting in 1998, researchers would see an odd signal coming from within about five kilometres of the telescope. They called them 'perytons' after the mythological animal. Originally it was thought they were linked to lightning strikes.

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