There is no doubt that “something” powerful is behind the mysterious radio signals picked up by a new radio telescope in British Columbia, Canada.
The unknown source has transmitted radio signals which have been intercepted on different occasions. Who or what is producing these radio signals? Astronomers say the signals may be of extraterrestrial origin, but there are also other options such as black holes, magnetars, neutron stars, pulsars, or supernovas.
According to a statement released in The Astronomer’s Telegram, the unknown signal named FRB 180725A after the year, month and day it was detected, has been transmitted in frequencies as low as 580 megahertz, nearly 200 MHz lower than any other FRBs ever detected.
These events have occurred during both the day and night, and their arrival times are not correlated with known on-site activities or other known sources,” wrote Patrick Boyle, author of the Astronomer’s Telegram report and a project manager for the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME), the new radio telescope that detected the mysterious new signal that has been produced several times.
Astronomers say it’s too early to determine the source of the radio signal, but early indications suggest they are not coming from known sources on Earth.
According to researchers at CHIME, whatever produced the signal in the depths of space is likely to be extremely powerful.
The Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment is a revolutionary new Canadian radio telescope designed to answer major questions in astrophysics & cosmology.
The Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment is a revolutionary new Canadian radio telescope designed to answer major questions in astrophysics & cosmology. Credit: chime-experiment.ca
Research into FRBs (Fast Radio Bursts), is still in its infancy. FRBs are short, extremely powerful radio waves that can last for only a few milliseconds. FRBs were discovered for the first time in 2007 and they appear temporarily and randomly, making them not only hard to find, but also hard to study.
According to Avi Loeb, of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics research institute, “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.
An artificial origin is worth contemplating and checking.”
The Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (Chime) is a new telescope that contains four 100-meter-long (328 foot) U-shaped cylinders, allowing it to detect signals from when the universe was between 6 and 11 billion years old.
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“With the CHIME telescope we will measure the expansion history of the universe and we expect to further our understanding of the mysterious dark energy that drives the expansion ever faster,” said Dr Mark Halpern, of the University of British Columbia.
“This is a fundamental part of physics that we don’t understand and it’s a deep mystery. This is about better understanding how the universe began and what lies ahead, “ Halpern added.