Alien contact? Mysteriously repeating radio signals captured by Canadian telescope

Radio Signals From A Galaxy Light Years Away Have Been Reported

And the experiment is just barely getting started.

Among the 13 fast radio bursts, known as FRBs, was a very unusual repeating signal, coming from the same source about 1.5 billion light years away.

Far outside our Milky Way galaxy, something is causing repeating short bursts of radio waves to be released into space.

First, that CHIME is a remarkable piece of equipment that will hopefully do for Northern hemisphere FRB searches what the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder in Australia did for the Southern hemisphere.

Researchers at the University of British Columbia in Canada said they've discovered the second so-called "repeating fast radio burst" (FRB) ever recorded, according to a news release published January 9.

The findings were presented during a meeting held by the American Astronomical Society in Seattle, Wash., on Thursday.

Scientists are unclear as to what is creating these cosmic radio bursts - which last only milliseconds - but know that they're travelling from vast distances across in the universe.

They include exploding stars, stars with strong magnetic fields, stars merging together and - among a minority of observers - some form of alien spaceship!

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Fast radio bursts are millisecond-duration, extragalactic radio flashes of obscure physical origin.

The majority of the 13 FRBs detected showed signs of 'scattering, ' a phenomenon that reveals information about the environment surrounding a source of radio waves.

"There are some models where intrinsically the source can't produce anything below a certain frequency". 400 Mhz is the lower limit of the CHIME experiment at the moment, so other FRBs at lower frequencies could simply be going undetected.

The scientists note that the repeaters were observed at a lower frequency compared to other recorded FRBs.

As for what FRBs are and where they come from, little is known. "It could be colliding black holes but you don't expect black holes to collide and then an hour later collide again, and then after that to collide again, right?" "The luminosity difference is many, many orders of magnitude", she said.

"As soon as the press conference is over, I'm reading the paper", he told journalists. CHIME is a partnership between the University of British Columbia, McGill University, the University of Toronto and the Canadian National Research Council's Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory.

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