Canada’s New Radio Telescope Picks Up Mysterious Signal from Space

Experts say it is the lowest radio emission received from beyond our Milky Way

Experts say it is the lowest radio emission received from beyond our Milky Way

Known as FRBs (or Fast Radio Bursts), the signals arrive with great force but last only a short amount of time, according to a report from The Independent highlighting the discovery. Since 2007, there have been around 30 confirmed sightings.

'The fact the lower frequency FRB has been detected provides hope that we can understand more about where they come from and what causes them.

Alien fans, keep your eyes to the skies - Scientists in Canada have picked up a brief burst of radio which was sent by an unknown source in deep space.

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Here's what it looks like.

The pulse's fast, low frequency suggests that the blast was extremely bright and originated from an insanely powerful source somewhere in the cosmos. The burst quickly disappears after 2 milliseconds.

Patrick Boyle, of McGill University, first reported the detection of the FRB with a post on the astronomical publication Astronomer's Telegram.

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This FRB is called 180725A, and what makes it so special is its low frequency - 580 Mhz, considering that scientists haven't detected any FBR under 700 Mhz until now.

The Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME for short) is located in British Columbia, and it spends its time listening intently for signals beaming through the vacuum of space. As it later turned out, the unusual radio signal was just the first in a completely new wave of low-frequency FRBs detected by CHIME in the days to follow. 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. It was incredible how much energy is required to ensure that the radio signal could be done this way. "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".

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.

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'They could be caused by exploding stars, supernova, exotic stars like pulsars, magnetars, neutron stars or massive black holes at the centre of distant galaxies. 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.

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