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Humanity picks up deep space mystery signal that could be from aliens

Humanity picks up deep space mystery signal that could be from aliens

Most of the time, radio telescopes like this don't hear anything out of the ordinary, but every so often an unexplained signal finds its way through the noise, and that's exactly what happened on July 25th.

Canada's shiny new radio telescope is up and running, and it just heard something very, very odd coming from deep space. The signal has now been branded by the name "FRB 180725A". Before it, there has never been an FRB picked up below 700 MHz.

The Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment, a powerful radio telescope, has detected the first low-frequency fast radio burst, a class of rare extragalactic emissions of an unknown origin.

As a result, scientists believe that the source (whatever it is - PRESUMABLY ALIENS, THOUGH) is likely to be extremely powerful.

Mr Boyle adds: "Additional FRBs have been found since FRB 180725A and some have flux at frequencies as low as 400 MHz. These events have occurred during both the day and night and their arrival times are not correlated with known on-site activities or other known sources of terrestrial RFI [radio-frequency interference]".




"The fact the lower frequency FRB has been detected provides hope that we can understand more about where they come from and what causes them".

"Fast radio bursts are exceedingly bright given their short duration and origin at great distances, and we haven't identified a possible natural source with any confidence", Avi Loeb, a scientist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics who was not involved in the discovery, said a year ago in a statement related to new research on these bursts.

University of Nottingham astrophysics professor Christopher Conselice said the discovery could help pave the way for a greater understanding of what causes FRBs. FRBs detected by astronomers here on Earth come from incredibly long distances, located so far off in space that we can't even see what might be creating them.

'They could be caused by exploding stars, supernova, exotic stars like pulsars, magnetars, neutron stars or massive black holes at the centre of distant galaxies.

The study of FRBs is only in its incipient stages and astronomers are confident that more such radio signals will be detected as our technology progresses.


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