Scientists Confirm Mysterious Alien Radio Bursts Are Coming From Space

Posted: Apr 3 2017, 1:09pm CDT | by , Updated: Apr 3 2017, 1:14pm CDT, in News | Latest Science News

Scientists Confirm Mysterious Alien Radio Bursts are Coming From Space
Artist’s impression shows three bright red flashes depicting fast radio bursts far beyond the Milky Way, appearing in the constellations Puppis and Hydra. Credit: James Josephides/Mike Dalley.
  • Speculation continues regarding FRBs being Enigmatic Signals sent by Aliens

Speculation has been rife and continues regarding FRBs (Fast Radio Bursts) being enigmatic signals sent by aliens from outer space.

Bursts of cosmic radio waves have left the scientists puzzled and the conspiracy theorists in hysterics. These FRBs were detected a decade ago.

Some even go so far as to say that these bursts of energy are signals sent by aliens who are watching us and waiting for our response as a species. The scientists do know one thing: these signals have their origins in outer space.

FRBs are radio signals that are both fickle in nature and random in their occurrence. They are thus not only difficult to find but to examine as well. It was not known that they could produce such short and sharp signals.

Some speculate that they are caused by stars undergoing collisions with each other. The most intriguing but probably false hypothesis is that aliens are sending us these as warning signs of their existence.

FRBs have been detected using the Molonglo Radio Telescope near Canberra, Australia. The telescope’s large focal length allows these signals to reach our planet.

Conventional telescopes do not detect these signals so easily. A large scale effort to get to the bottom of these FRBs is underway. This was a new portal to our universe and from now onwards it will be open to the researchers.

The Molonglo Telescope produces 1000 TB of data on a daily basis. It has a huge area which catches these FRBs. In contrast, the amount of data on Wikipedia is just 5.87 TB.

Also software has been developed which will sift through all the tons of terabytes to get to the nitty gritty stuff beneath them. The location of these FRBs in outer space was pinpointed recently.

It is a very exciting branch of research. Figuring out where the bursts of energy are coming from may be the easy part. Why and how they are coming is where the science gets really tricky though.

Scientists report their findings in a paper titles 'The first interferometric detections of Fast Radio Bursts' that has been accepted for publication in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

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