There are mysterious high-energy radio emissions that only last for a few milliseconds that we are rarely able to capture. The source of these signals known as fast radio bursts (FRBs) are unknown, but they come from deep space. Could they be alien farts, perhaps?
Scientists theorize that FRB’s are generated by cosmic catastrophes where the source of the energy is destroyed such as a star exploding in a supernova or a neutron star collapsing into a black hole or possibly even alien spacecraft. A new batch of radio frequencies from outer space was detected on the morning of July 25th and they are unlike any other ever recorded.
The new Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME) radio telescope in the mountains of British Columbia detected strange FRBs and scientists have no idea where or what it came from. Fast radio bursts were first discovered in 2007 and there have only been about 30 documented events.
The newest FRB picked up by CHIME is exceptionally odd because it is such a low frequency.
FRB 180725A has a frequency of 580 megahertz, there has never been a fast radio burst detected that was below 700 MHz. The report was posted in the Astronomer’s Telegram last month.
“We can’t say what kind of galaxy it can be from. We don’t know what kind of source they’re coming from. We can’t, you know, [even] confirm they’re coming from another galaxy,” Lead researcher Victoria Kaspi, the director of McGill University’s Space Institute, told Global News.
The only thing that scientist know about the FRBs is what direction they came from. How comforting.
CHIME became operational last September in an effort to find FRBs and to map out the universe. Researchers believe CHIME is just getting started and should be able to detect multiple FRBs daily in the near future.
Remember, these mysterious signals are most likely coming from deep space and that means it took an unimaginable amount of time for these emissions to reach us. FRB 121102 has been detected several times in recent years and astronomers know it is the same fast radio burst because it originates from the same point in space every time.
Scientists believe this FRB traveled from some 3 billion light-years away from Earth. Can you imagine what kind of power source it takes to send that transmission of energy from that mind-bending distance?
You need a gigantic radio telescope to find these tiny bursts of energy such as Australia’s Molonglo Observatory Synthesis Telescope, which discovered three fast radio bursts (FRB 160317, 160410 and 160608) last year. “We spent 105 hours following FRB 160317, 43 hours on FRB 160410 and 35 hours on FRB 160608, and no repeat pulses were found from any of the FRB positions.” The researchers wrote in their paper titled “The first interferometric detections of Fast Radio Bursts,” which was accepted in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.
The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics has said that FRBs could be sent by an “artificial origin” such as a massive alien structure. “Fast radio bursts are exceedingly bright given their short duration and origin at great distances, and we haven’t identified a possible natural source with any confidence,” said Avi Loeb, a scientist at Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, last year. So are these signals coming from ultra-advanced alien civilizations in another galaxy or a cataclysmic cosmic event? We’ll have to wait and see, hopefully, we find out through research and not an alien invasion.
It’s only a matter of time before we meet aliens.
I’ve seen Independence Day and I’m not sure that I want to be around when that time comes.