Canada’s New Radio Telescope Picks Up Mysterious Signal from Space

Alien Communication Satellite

Located in British Columbia, the new radio telescope heard a unusual signal through the noise.

Plenty of invisible light is shooting across the universe, but most of it is recognizable to scientists, such as signals from dying stars, black holes, magnetic fields, and the like, Live Science notes.

On July 25, CHIME recorded a weird signal codenamed FRB 180725A at 17:59:43 UTC emitted at 580 MHz - a lower frequency than most FRBs.

But experts say it is the lowest radio emission received from beyond our Milky Way - and its source is therefore likely to be extremely powerful. Though it has been in operation for only about a year, it has already detected several noteworthy FRBs, including several more low-frequency signals that followed shortly after the noteworthy FRB 180725A last week.

"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", he said previous year. In a diagram measuring the radio frequency over time, there is a clear bright streak beginning below 600 MHz.

The signal, which astronomers call Fast discrete pulse (FRB), had a frequency below 700 MHz for the first time in the history of observation. Plus, most scientists are still at odds over where FRBs come from, with some recent reports suggesting they might be coming from a distant Galaxy.

"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 of terrestrial RFI (radio frequency interference)". Not much is known about these short, high-energy signals, except that they have been attributed to a number of different potential sources, one more exotic than the other.

Researchers are not ruling out the possibility that these fast radio signals, which only last a few milliseconds, might be sent out by an advanced alien civilization residing in the depths of space. FRBs aren't uncommon, but they are quite special in that their origins are completely unknown.

Christopher Conselice, a professor of astrophysics at the University of Nottingham, told MailOnline this discovery could help to pave the way for a greater understanding of what causes FRBs. FRBs detected by astronomers here on Earth come from incredibly long distances, located so far off in space that we can't even see what might be creating them.

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