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

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

Astronomers have detected yet another mysterious and powerful fast radio burst hitting Earth from an unknown source in space.

Although scientists have yet to decipher where FRB 180725A originated from, its unexpectedly low frequency has driven them to speculate that whatever source sent this signal across the universe is likely "extremely powerful", states the Daily Mail. The signal has now been branded by the name "FRB 180725A". No FRB has ever been detected below a frequency of 700 Mhz before, according to the telegram.

The latest phenomenon was detected on July 25 by the new £12million Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (Chime) telescope in British Columbia.

One FRB in particular, FRB 121102, has been heard multiple times over the course of several years.

The signal, which astronomers call Fast discrete pulse (FRB), had a frequency below 700 MHz for the first time in the history of observation.

"Additional FRBs have been found since FRB 180725A and some have flux at frequencies as low as 400 MHz".

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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. Boyle adds that odd event did not correlate with any known activities or other known sources. Most of the radio signals received by CHIME come from our Milky Way galaxy.

They can generate as much energy as 500 million Suns in mere milliseconds, and there could be as many as one happening every second. Other possible origins include supernovas (exploding stars), supermassive black holes or various other sources of mighty electromagnetic radiation, such as pulsars.

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.

FRB are very rare, because experts are still trying to explain their origin, not excluding the possibility of explosion of a black hole or echo developed extraterrestrial civilizations.

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.

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