Published: Sun, August 05, 2018
Sci-tech | By April Francis

Mysterious Alien Radio Signal From Deep Space Detected By A Canadian Telescope

Mysterious Alien Radio Signal From Deep Space Detected By A Canadian Telescope

Fast radio bursts are extremely uncommon and were first discovered in 2007 with only a handful observed ever since.

Most of the time such kind of radio telescopes don't hear anything that's abnormal, but now an unexplained signal made its way through the noise.

A powerful new telescope, CHIME in Canada is allowed to catch a short radio signal, which stirred the whole scientific world.

Here's what it looks like. Until now, no FRB below 700 MHz has been recorded.

Located in British Columbia CHIME radio telescope (Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment) is looking for signals passing through the vacuum of space. But it can also detect radio signal from deep space which are usually very weak and require extreme level of sensitivity.

"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 signal, which astronomers call Fast discrete pulse (FRB), had a frequency below 700 MHz for the first time in the history of observation.

It's hard to know when, and with what amount of force, FRBs will occur, as scientists have yet to distinguish a pattern between them.

The question that remains is uncovering where these signals have come from, with many possible theories being thrown into the mix.

But despite FRBs' relative rarity in astronomy, they are probably a regular cosmic occurrence, Christopher Conselice, a professor of astrophysics at the University of Nottingham who was not involved in the discovery, told The Daily Mail.

FRBs detected by astronomers on Earth come from highly long distances and they're located so far off in space that we're not even able to see what's creating them.

In any case - whether the merger of black holes, exploding stars or just noisy alien party - we will need a remarkable patience, while science can give a precise answer about where are these fast radio bursts.

Researchers are not ruling out the possibility that these fast radio signals, which only last a few milliseconds, might be sent out by an advanced alien civilization residing in the depths of space.

Despite the fact that FRB are signals, they contain no information that could extract researchers or astronomers.

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