There is something in the depths of space that continuously sends a sixteen-day cycle of signals to Earth.
We have learned that a string of intricate alien signals arriving from space are not as random as we first believed. According to a recent study, a FRB source situated roughly 500 million light-years from Earth pulses on a predictable 16-day cycle.
Is this the grandiose message from the aliens we’ve been waiting for? Experts claim that a mysterious alien signal has been discovered to cautiously repeat on a sixteen-day period.
One of the most enigmatic cosmic phenomena to be uncovered in the twenty-first century is fast radio bursts. We’ve just just begun to examine and comprehend the signals, and we’re still looking for their precise source and understanding their origin.
FRBs have been described as a natural cosmic event by some, while others have dared to assert that they may be the conclusive proof of extraterrestrial life that we have all been seeking.
Recently, VICE reported on a new study conducted by Cornell University researchers that had discovered an odd Fast Radio Burst roughly 500,000 light-years from Earth. It has been discovered that the unusual extraterrestrial signal pulses consistently every 16 days.
This means that Cornell University scientists have revealed that it is the first FRB discovered on a repeating schedule.
“We conclude that this is the first detected periodicity of any kind in an FRB source,” the team revealed in a paper published on the preprint server arXiv in late January.
“The discovery of a 16.35-day periodicity in a repeating FRB source is an important clue to the nature of this object.”
This is the first FRB identified by astronomers, dubbed the Lorimer Burst. Lorimer described it in 2007. Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
Between September of 2018 and October of 1029. the researchers have studied as many as 28 FRBs that have been identified by the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment Fast Radio Burst Project (CHIME/FRB), a state-of-the-art radio telescope located in British Columbia, Canada.
Although the repeating signal is as strange as it gets, it doesn’t necessarily mean its aliens. However, there are a few theories that could explain what causes the repeating cycle.
One explanation is that the signal could originate from an orbiting object, which only sends out a signal at a certain point in the orbit. Another theory is that the repeating cycle originates from a binary star comprised of a massive star and a highly magnetised star.
Another option, as revealed by VICE, is that if the FRB source is orbiting a compact object, like a Black Hole, then it might flash signals towards Earth only at a certain point in the orbital period.
Interestingly, a group of astronomers recently tracked down this particular FRB to a galaxy dubbed SDSS J015800.28 654253.0. Although it is located half a billion light-years from Earth and may seem behemoth distance, the signal dubbed FRB 180916.J0158 65 is the closest Fast Radio Burst ever detected by astronomers.
Despite knowing where it is, we have absolutely no idea what it is.