Canada’s New Radio Telescope Picks Up Mysterious Signal from Space

Canada’s New Radio Telescope Picks Up Mysterious Signal from Space

Canada's shiny new radio telescope is up and running, and it just heard something very, very odd coming from deep space.

FRBs are frequently picked up on radio telescopes though their exact origins aren't fully understood.

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

Plenty of invisible light is shooting across the universe, but most of it is recognizable to scientists, such as signals from dying stars, black holes, magnetic fields, and the like, Live Science notes.

If you haven't heard of fast radio bursts (FRBs), they're some of the most explosive and mysterious events in the Universe. No FRB has ever been detected below a frequency of 700 Mhz before. Though it has been in operation for only about a year, it has already detected several noteworthy FRBs, including several more low-frequency signals that followed shortly after the noteworthy FRB 180725A last week. In a diagram measuring the radio frequency over time, there is a clear bright streak beginning below 600 MHz.

This most recent one, named FRB 180725A, is notable because of its low frequency of 580 megahertz.

Scientists Pick Up First Mysterious Radio Signal From Deep Space

"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", wrote Patrick Boyle, author of the Astronomer's Telegram report and a project manager for the CHIME project. It was incredible how much energy is required to ensure that the radio signal could be done this way. FRBs are milliseconds-long bursts of radio emissions.

No one knows what this mysterious signal is, where it came from, or why it suddenly crossed Earth's radar.

In an interview with the Daily Mail, astrophysics professor Christopher Conselice of the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom discusses the possible sources of FRBs, noting that the recently-discovered low-frequency signals might shed new light into what causes this intriguing phenomenon.

FRBs are not rare, but scientists have no idea about the origin of the signal.

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.

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

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