Published: Sat, January 12, 2019
Science | By Michele Flores

Repeating energy bursts from space detected: Could it be aliens?

Repeating energy bursts from space detected: Could it be aliens?

Ingrid Stairs, a member of the CHIME team said, 'Until now, there was only one known repeating FRB.

Astronomers are more than a little excited with the second ever detection of a repeating fast radio burst in deep space.

"The fact that the bursts are repeated rules out any cataclysmic models in which the source is destroyed while generating the burst", Tendulkar added. "Instead it uses digital signal processing to "point" the telescope and reconstruct where the radio waves are coming from", says Masui.

This suggests the bursts could be observed at even lower frequencies than the revolutionary instrument is capable of recognising.

Most believe the signals come from powerful astrophysical phenomena such as black holes or super-dense neutron stars, but others argue that they could be a result of advanced alien technology.

As such, till it's proven otherwise, these FRBs could be like the Schrödinger's cat thought experiment - rumblings of an alien Honey Singh, rapping on in a distant galaxy for the conspiracy theorists out there, while still remaining nothing more than the final goodbyes of a dying black hole for dismissive scientists.

At least seven were recorded at 400 megahertz (Mhz) - the lowest frequency to date. "We haven't solved the problem, but it's several more pieces in the puzzle".

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Having two sets of repeating bursts could also allow scientists to understand what distinguishes them from single bursts, helping them understand more about their source and watch for future blasts.

The goal: learn more about the powerful signals and where they come from. A new radio burst called FRB 180814.J0422+73 is now the second location in the sky to produce repeating radio bursts.

Cornell University's Shami Chatterjee, a fellow FRB researcher, agreed: "This field is about to break wide open".

The telescope is protected in a federally, legally enforced zone of no manmade radio signals, to ensure that the ordinary interferences that cause false observations are omitted. It is again a mystery for the scientists and a potential chance so that they could understanding what is the main cause behind these bursts from a galaxy that is no less than 1.5 billion light years away from where we are today.

The majority of the 13 FRBs detected showed signs of "scattering" which is a phenomenon that reveals information about the environment surrounding a source of radio waves. According to two new papers published on January 9, 2019, in the journal Nature, scientists working at CHIME have detected 13 new FRBs in just a two-month span. But it has to be in some special place to give us all the scattering that we see'. That suggests there might be even more of them, too low to be picked up by CHIME.

The CHIME/FRB project is a combined effort between scientists from the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, the National Research Council of Canada, the University of British Columbia, McGill University and the University of Toronto.

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