(Sean Martin) ASTRONOMERS have detected the STRONGEST ever radio signal coming from deep space and are completely baffled by the burst’s origin – leading to theories aliens could be responsible.
by Sean Martin, March 15th, 2018
On March 9, astronomers working at the Parkes Radio Telescope in Australia picked up the strongest FRB – dubbed FRB 180301 – ever received.Just eight days earlier on March 1 a weaker signal was intercepted, while another FRB was detected on March 13, taking the total discovery count to 33.Breakthrough Listen researchers wrote on a Berkley University blog: “While astronomers don’t know all that much about FRBs – only tens of bursts have ever been detected – we can infer some intriguing details about them.“Firstly, they exhibit a tell-tale sweep in frequency that suggests they are incredibly far away: billions of light years.
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“FRBs travel billions of years to get to us, and only last a few milliseconds, suggesting the emission mechanism is short-lived.“For us to detect them clearly after such a long journey, they have also to be insanely bright.”Some experts says they are natural, such as exploding stars, while other scientists believe they are extra-terrestrial signals which were intentionally sent Earth’s way.
Breakthrough Listen researchers continue: “What can produce such bursts? We don’t know yet, but leading theories involve neutron stars and cataclysmic events.“There’s also a neat theory that they are due to interstellar extraterrestrial travel. We’d love that to be the case, but have to rule out all plausible astrophysical theories first!”
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