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

Scientists Pick Up First Mysterious Radio Signal From Deep Space

A odd, sudden burst of radio waves has been picked up by Canada's new, state-of-the-art radio telescope - and it is throwing scientists for a loop.

According to the Astronomer's Telegram, that signal is called a Fast Radio Burst, or FRB. This allowed the scientists to assume that the signal source with the code name "FRB 180725A" was extremely powerful.

FRB signals were first observed in the year of 2001 with help of pulsar survey of the Magellanic Clouds but scientists and researchers didn't mention them until 2007 in their studies and discoveries. According to the sources, this is the lowest frequency FRB in history - picked up by CHIME at a frequency below 700 MHz. 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.

The post reads: "During its ongoing commissioning, CHIME/FRM detected FRB 180725A on 2018 July 25 at 17:59:43.115 UTC (18:59:43.15 BST/13:59:43.15 ET)".

"The event is clearly detected at frequencies as low as 580 MHz and represents the first detection of an FRB at radio frequencies below 700 MHz", Patrick Boyle wrote in the report. Because it had a frequency as low as 580 Mhz.

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.

Scientists can not yet identify the process which produces the short and sharp radio wave bursts, which means we can not rule out the possibility they were made by aliens.

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.

However, Christopher Conselice, an astrophysics professor from the University of Nottingham, points out to Daily Mail that FRBs likely occur much more regularly than Earth is able to detect, adding that thousands could be making its way to the planet every day.

Scientists also believe that whatever produced the signal tends to be an extremely powerful extraterrestrial being. "It could even be some other physical mechanism that we don't yet understand".



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