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

Jan Cross
August 5, 2018

The FRB detected in this case, called FRB 180725A, is particularly unique because it had a frequency as low as 580 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", wrote Patrick Boyle, author of the Astronomer's Telegram report and a project manager for the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME) - the radio telescope that detected the unusual new signature.

This allowed the scientists to assume that the signal source with the code name "FRB 180725A" was extremely powerful.

For example, FRB 121102 was detected repeatedly over several years.

A decade ago, first such FRBs were tracked, and the CHIME was exclusively set up to catch such signals from the deep space from sources such as bursts from magnetars, exploding black holes and of course, highly advanced alien civilisations, if any.

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

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According to the Astronomer's Telegram, that signal is called a Fast Radio Burst, or FRB. It was specifically designed with the low and deep 400 to 800 frequencies in mind.

"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)". In a diagram measuring the radio frequency over time, there is a clear bright streak beginning below 600 MHz. That makes it a deeper and lower signal than many others recorded.

As the Inquisitr previously reported, FRBs were first discovered in 2001 and documented only a decade ago.

The mysterious radio burst from deep space is tricky and the origin can not be explained.

Unfortunately, we'll have to wait a long time before we know for sure if these sounds come from black holes colliding, exploding stars or aliens lurking in space. 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.

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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