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.

Canada’s New Radio Telescope Picks Up Mysterious Signal from 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".

More news: Sergio Aguero double helps Manchester City sweep Chelsea aside
More news: The Women's British Open champion's 'Cinderella story — Georgia Hall
More news: Britain's RBS announces first dividend in a decade

Related Articles

  • Steven Gerrard: Decisions have been going against Rangers for years

    Steven Gerrard: Decisions have been going against Rangers for years

    Hopefully now we can see the club do the business necessary to bring him to Scotland . I think we should still be saying that because what a shift the boys put in.
    Kim Kardashian West shares photo of Chicago with Khloe’s baby True

    Kim Kardashian West shares photo of Chicago with Khloe’s baby True

    The mother-of-three welcomed baby Chicago via surrogate back in January, while Khloe gave birth to her first baby, True, in April. Just tune in before you start acting like you know things. "And then right after a baby you're just like, 'Oh my gosh'".

    Meghan joins best man Harry at his close friend's wedding

    Meghan spent her first birthday as a member of the royal family seeing van Straubenzee and his bride Daisy Jenks tie the knot. Late this summer, Meghan is expected to return to the US on a private plane to spend time with her mother and friends.
  • Iran Planning Major Strait of Hormuz Exercise

    Iran Planning Major Strait of Hormuz Exercise

    The looming threat of sanctions is already putting significant pressure on the Iranian economy. Tensions between Iran and the United States have been rising since May when U.S.
    China refuses USA  order to reduce oil imports from Iran

    China refuses USA order to reduce oil imports from Iran

    Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said: " China and Iran unwaveringly maintain normal trade and economic ties". US President Donald Trump announced in May Washington's withdrawal from a landmark multinational nuclear deal with Iran.
    Powerful quake rocks Indonesia’s Lombok island, 39 dead

    Powerful quake rocks Indonesia’s Lombok island, 39 dead

    Most Kiwi visitors fly into Denpasar airport in Bali, which is just a short flight or boat ride from Lombok, she said. Pictures showed patients lying on their beds outside the clinic while doctors in blue scrubs attended to them.
  • Bookkeeper: Ex-Trump campaign chairman 'approved every penny' of bills

    Bookkeeper: Ex-Trump campaign chairman 'approved every penny' of bills

    But when applying for a loan at UBS, he wanted to buff up his reported income to demonstrate he had the means to pay it back. During one series of questions, prosecutors asked Laporta about loans from two distinct entities, Telmar and Paranova.
    Facebook taking on Tinder with own dating platform

    Facebook taking on Tinder with own dating platform

    Two months after announcing the product, Facebook has now finally begun testing its dating project internally with employees. The goal for this dogfooding is to test the end-to-end product experience for bugs and confusing UI (user interface).
    College employee on leave for calling cops on black student

    College employee on leave for calling cops on black student

    That probe is being conducted by Sanghavi Law Office, which Hunter said will "conduct a thorough, external investigation". I don't see anybody in the building at this point and uh I don't know what he's doing in there just laying on the couch.
  • Elderly men escape nursing home for German heavy metal festival

    Elderly men escape nursing home for German heavy metal festival

    Police found the pensioners at 3am, in the crowd at Wacken Open Air music festival in Wacken, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. Sure, it wasn't the outcome they were hoping for, but getting a police escort back to a nursing home is pretty badarse.

    Killed After Plane Crashes Into Southern California Parking Lot

    The Orange County Fire Authority said fire and rescue units were sent to a the 3900 block of Bristol Street for a report of a plane down.
    Charlotte Rae, 'Facts of Life' Star, Dead at 92

    Charlotte Rae, 'Facts of Life' Star, Dead at 92

    The next year the character was spun off into a series of her own: " The Facts of Life ", set at a boarding school where Mrs. According to Entertainment Tonight , Rae is survived by her sister , Miriam Guten, and her son, Larry .