Scientists employed the CSIRO telescope in Western Australia to detect a record-breaking number of “alien” fast radio burst. These fast radio bursts are some mysterious, powerful radio flashes from deep space. Also, the source of this kind of emissions is still unknown, which puzzles the scientists, and some even believe they’re messages from extraterrestrials.
Some researchers, however, hypothesized that fast radio bursts are coming from highly-magnetized neutron stars hit by gas streams from a supermassive black hole in their vicinity. As I’ve mentioned already, another theory is that some advanced alien civilizations are developing such radio bursts, most probably, as a method of communication.
“We’ve found 20 fast radio bursts in a year, almost doubling the number detected worldwide since they were discovered in 2007,” said Dr. Ryan Shannon from Swinburne University of Technology. “Using the new technology of the Australia Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP), we’ve also proved that fast radio bursts are coming from the other side of the universe rather than from our own galactic neighborhood,” he added.
Astronomers Detected A Record-Breaking Number of “Alien” Fast Radio Bursts From Deep Space
“The telescope has a whopping field of view of 30 square degrees, 100 times larger than the full Moon,” added CSIRO’s Dr. Keith Bannister.
“And, by using the telescope’s dish antennas in a radical way, with each pointing at a different part of the sky, we observed 240 square degrees all at once – about a thousand times the area of the full Moon. ASKAP is astoundingly good for this work,” Dr. Bannister added.
According to Dr. Ryan Shannon, the leading author of this study, scientists already know that these “alien” fast radio bursts come from about halfway across the Universe. However, nobody knows precisely what kind of space object emits such powerful and short radio emissions or from which galaxy they originate.
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