High-powered telescope detects hundreds of unknown radio explosions in space causing scientists to look across galaxies for answers.
Scientists have observed more than 500 rapid radio bursts (FRBs) using an antenna-powered telescope called CHIME, or the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment, over the 12 months between 2018 and 2019, according to the researchers. The findings were presented Wednesday at the American Astronomical Society.
FRBs are intensely high-energy radio pulses that can last only a fraction of a second. and thought to travel to Earth from hundreds of millions of light years away.
This phenomenon is not fully understood and FRB was discovered only in 2007, according to international researchers.
“Previously, CHIME had less than 100 total discovered FRBs; After one year of observation We found hundreds more,” said Kaitlyn Shin, a graduate student in MIT’s Department of Physics.
“With all these sources We can begin to get a picture of what the overall FRB looks like. How might astrophysics drive these events? And how will it be used to study the universe in the future?”
CHIME’s findings indicate that up to 800 invisible FBRs are fired across the sky every day. This is likely due to the magnetic field surrounding a neutron star. the researchers said
Scientists say FBR is evenly distributed in space, and at least 61 of the extremely fast signals are repeated from 18 sources, the scientists said.
“The story doesn’t end with the catalog release. I know researchers around the world will use this as a starting point for really exciting analyzes,” said Deborah Good, a PhD researcher at UBC Physics and Astronomy.
Harvard scientist Avi Loeb, who was not involved in the study. It was speculated last year that aliens may be behind FRBs, using them to “Military purposes” or to “launch large cargo close to the speed of light”
Loeb wrote in Scientific American in June, “It’s a long shot, but at least some of these explosive energies from across the universe could come from extraterrestrial civilizations?”
The findings come as defense officials prepare to release a report detailing everything the government knows about the unidentified air phenomenon to Congress this month.
An official with knowledge of the secret discovery told The New York Times the report said the Pentagon was unsure of the origin of the 120 UFO sightings and could not confirm it. Denying that it happened outside space.