Astronomers have used mysterious fast radio bursts to solve a decades-old mystery of “missing matter,” long predicted to exist in the universe, but never before detected.

The researchers have determined that all of the unaccounted normal matter exists in the vast space between stars and galaxies, as detailed today in the journal Nature.

Lead author Associate Professor Jean-Pierre Macquart, from the Curtin University node of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) said astronomers have been searching for the missing matter for almost 30 years.

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