A telescope in Canada has picked up some weird signals from deep space, emanating 1.5 billion light years away from planet Earth. So at least whatever scary thing that’s out there is pretty far away.
The journal Nature reports that these fast radio bursts (FRBs) have only been recorded once, giving ammo to believers of alien life. “Until now, there was only one known repeating FRB. With more repeaters and more sources available for study, we may be able to understand these cosmic puzzles – where they’re from and what causes them,” says Ingrid Stairs, astrophysicist from the University of British Columbia.
The telescope responsible for the discovery started functioning last year, and is located in the CHIME observatory in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley.
Not a lot is known about FRBs, which have only been observed a few times since their initial discovery in 2007. Experts from the CHIME observatory believe that these frequencies are much more common than we think, slipping past astrologists due to our current technology.
FRBs could represent different things, and more data is needed in order to draw conclusions. Experts have different theories, saying that these frequencies could come from a rapidly spinning neutron star with a strong magnetic field, two neutron stars merging together or the pulses of an alien spaceship. Guess which theory gets more news coverage.