Published: Mon, August 06, 2018
Science | By Cecil Little

Scientists Pick Up First Mysterious Radio Signal From Deep Space

Scientists Pick Up First Mysterious Radio Signal From Deep Space

A unusual, sudden burst of radio waves has been picked up by Canada's new, state-of-the-art radio telescope - and it is throwing scientists for a loop.

FRBs are frequently picked up on radio telescopes though their exact origins aren't fully understood.

Although scientists have yet to decipher where FRB 180725A originated from, its unexpectedly low frequency has driven them to speculate that whatever source sent this signal across the universe is likely "extremely powerful", states the Daily Mail.

Yet, unlike the previous FRBs detected by our telescopes, this particular signal, dubbed FRB 180725A, is even more enigmatic. Before it, there has never been an FRB picked up below 700 MHz.

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The latest phenomenon was detected on July 25 by the new £12million Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (Chime) telescope in British Columbia.

The reason this FRB, named FRB 180725A, was so special?

The most interesting part is that the intense signal was transmitted in radio frequencies as low as 580 megahertz - making it the first detection of a FRB under 700 MHz. In a diagram measuring the radio frequency over time, there is a clear bright streak beginning below 600 MHz.

As the Inquisitr previously reported, FRBs were first discovered in 2001 and documented only a decade ago.

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They can generate as much energy as 500 million Suns in mere milliseconds, and there could be as many as one happening every second. "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". Beyond the visible spectrum, space is a colorful mess of radio signals and microwaves fired off by flaring "suns", collapsing stars, crackling magnetic fields, roiling dust clouds and seething black holes.

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.

".And even some pretty odd ideas about extraterrestrial civilizations sending signals to earth". FRB, was by astronomers here on Earth are incredibly large distances from sources located so far away in space that we can't even see them. Other possible origins include supernovas (exploding stars), supermassive black holes or various other sources of mighty electromagnetic radiation, such as pulsars.

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