Published: Sun, August 05, 2018
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Scientists Just Received a Massively Powerful Signal Coming from Deep Space

Scientists Just Received a Massively Powerful Signal Coming from Deep Space

Fast radio bursts are extremely unusual, with the first discovered in 2007 and only two dozen recorded since then.

Yet, unlike the previous FRBs detected by our telescopes, this particular signal, dubbed FRB 180725A, is even more enigmatic.

"The automated pipeline triggered the recording to disk of ~20 seconds of buffered raw intensity data around the time of the FRB".

Canada's new radio telescope has picked up a mysterious signal from deep in space with a frequency so low, it's never been detected before.

Here's what it looks like. No FRB has ever been detected below a frequency of 700 Mhz before. The burst quickly disappears after 2 milliseconds.

The odd signal has been classified as a Fast Radio Burst (FRB) - one of the most perplexing phenomena in the universe, of which only two dozen have ever been recorded, notes the Daily Mail.

The FRB detected now is called FRB 180725A and this one is unique because it had a frequency as low as 580 Mhz.

CHIME is located in British Columbia and its FRB from last month was reported in a post by the Astronomer's Telegram.


According to The Independent, FRBs are "incredibly strong signals" which have been detected by telescopes all around the world.

"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)".

It's hard to know when, and with what amount of force, FRBs will occur, as scientists have yet to distinguish a pattern between them.

Unfortunately, we'll have to wait a long time before we know for sure if these sounds come from black holes colliding, exploding stars or aliens lurking in space.

In an interview with the Daily Mail, astrophysics professor Christopher Conselice of the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom discusses the possible sources of FRBs, noting that the recently-discovered low-frequency signals might shed new light into what causes this intriguing phenomenon.

Avi Loeb, of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics research institute, said: "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".

Although FRBs are radio signals, astronomers and researchers can not tap into their information, making them quite mysterious.

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