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Scientists Pick Up First Mysterious Radio Signal From Deep Space

Scientists Pick Up First Mysterious Radio Signal From Deep Space

One thing is true: whatever this signal is - be it the result of a star exploding, black holes merging or just a hell of a party from the aliens, scientists will not be able to find its origin with today's technology.

Fast radio bursts are extremely uncommon and were first discovered in 2007 with only a handful observed ever since.

A new bulletin from The Astronomer's Telegram reported that the brand new radio telescope detected a Fast Radio Burst (FRB).

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.

The fast radio burst has been named FRB 180725A after the year, month, and day it was detected.

The post reads: "During its ongoing commissioning, CHIME/FRM detected FRB 180725A on 2018 July 25 at 17:59:43.115 UTC (18:59:43.15 BST/13:59:43.15 ET)". According to the sources, this is the lowest frequency FRB in history - picked up by CHIME at a frequency below 700 MHz.

The latest mystery signal was detected by CHIME, a state-of-the-art radio telescope that looks like a skateboarder's half-pipe in the mountains of British Columbia.

"Additional FRBs have been found since FRB 180725A and some have flux at frequencies as low as 400 MHz". CHIME was created to detect ancient radio waves sent out when the universe was just a toddler, some 6 billion to 11 billion years ago. It was incredible how much energy is required to ensure that the radio signal could be done this way. Boyle adds that odd event did not correlate with any known activities or other known sources.

No one knows what this mysterious signal is, where it came from, or why it suddenly crossed Earth's radar.

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.

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.

One of the signals we've detected has repeated, sending out multiple FRBs from the same location, and this has allowed us to pinpoint where in the Universe it's coming from (spoiler: not our galaxy).

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