Ladies and gentlemen, have you heard the latest news – six bursts of radio waves have been detected from the constellation Auriga, each lasting just a few milliseconds. According to the experts, the source of the waves remains unknown. But, some experts think that the mysterious bursts of energy could be a sign of alien life trying to contact us.
But, we know one thing for sure – this constellation (Auriga) is three billion light-years away from Earth, and and someone is trying to contact us?
Do you know what are FRBs? We can answer this question for you – fast radio bursts, or FRBs, are radio emissions that appear temporarily and randomly, making them not only hard to find, but also hard to study. The mystery stems from the fact it is not known what could produce such a short and sharp burst. This has led some to speculate they could be anything from stars colliding to artificially created messages.
According to the researchers, the first FRB was spotted, or rather ‘heard’ by radio telescopes 9 years ago (2007). It took years for astronomers to agree it wasn’t a glitch in one of the telescope’s instruments.
Note: the radio bursts were detected by researchers from McGill University in Montreal, using the Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia, and at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico.
In their study, published in The Astrophysical Journal, the lead researcher, Paul Scholz, said:
‘We have detected six additional radio bursts from this source: five with the Green Bank Telescope at 2 GHz, and one at 1.4 GHz with the Arecibo Observatory, for a total of 17 bursts from this source.’
The detection follows 11 previously recorded outbursts from the same location, called FRB 121102. And, this is the only known repeater of fast radio bursts (FRBs) – radio emissions that appear temporarily and randomly. Despite there being a number of FRBs from the site, the origin of the bursts is an ongoing puzzle to researchers. Thank you for your time and don’t forget to share.