Study finds freak frequencies from outside the Milky Way – Are these mystery radio bursts messages from ALIENS?
- Scientists are trying to work out what is causing Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs)
- The strange signals occur for a few milliseconds and come from nowhere
- The first was detected in 2007, but only a handful have been seen since
- Explanations range from colliding neutron stars to alien signals
A series of very mysterious pulsing signals coming from outside our very own solar system form an extremely strange unexplained pattern, researchers have recently revealed. Known as Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs), just 10 have been discovered – and astronomers have no idea what they are. Now a new study has found that all 10 bursts’ dispersion measures are multiples of a single number: 187.5
Michael Hippke of the Institute for Data Analysis in Neukirchen-Vluyn, Germany, and John Learned at the University of Hawaii in Manoa made the discovery. They claim there is a 5 in 10,000 probability that the line-up is coincidence. ‘If the pattern is real,’ Learned told New Scientist, ‘it is very, very hard to explain.’ The results imply five sources for the bursts are all at regularly spaced distances from Earth, billions of light-years away. Hippke says, ‘there is something really interesting we need to understand.
‘This will either be new physics, like a new kind of pulsar, or, in the end, if we can exclude everything else, an ET. Michael Hippke
‘When you set out to search for something new,’ he says, ‘you might find something unexpected.’
The FSB was first spotted way back in 1967 when British astronomer Jocelyn Bell Burnell was left completely stunned by mysterious pulsing signals she detected coming from outside the solar system.
For months she suggested the signals could actually be of an extraterrestrial intelligent origin, but they were later proven to be rapidly spinning stars known as pulsars…..’apparently!?’
However, a new series of mysterious signals, known as ‘Fast Radio Bursts’ (FRBs), has again got astronomers scratching their heads and wondering if, maybe just maybe, we are picking up alien messages from a far!
FRBs are radio emissions that appear temporarily and randomly, making them not only hard to find, but also hard to study.
The mystery stems from the fact it is not known what could produce such a short and sharp burst, writes Katherine Mack of The Planetary Society
What else could be causing these signals:
- Flaring starSome stars are known to suddenly flare up on occasion. It’s possible that this event could send light through the thick ejected layers of a star’s atmosphere in bursts, but if this were the cause we would expect to find FRBs towards variable stars (ones with fluctuating brightness) in our galaxy, which is not the case.
White dwarf merger
When two white dwarfs merge its possible they can combine into a larger, rapidly spinning white dwarf. This event could emit radiation from the poles consistent with FRBs and, if this is proved correct, it could indicate an association between FRBs and supernovae.
Neutron star collision
Ultra-dense stellar objects known as neutron stars could collide and release huge bursts of radiation before they merge – this event is already thought to be a cause of high-energy bursts known as Gamma Ray Bursts (GRBs), and could also be the cause of FRBs.
- BlitzarSome neutron stars are regarded as being ‘supramassive’, which means they are so massive they should have already collapsed into a black hole but their rapid rotation keeps them alive. When they do suddenly collapse they release an intense burst of radio waves known as a blitzar, and within this emission FRBs could also be residing.
This has led some to speculate they could be anything from stars colliding to artificially created messages.
The first FRB was spotted, or rather ‘heard’ by radio telescopes, back in 2007 – but it was so temporary and seemingly random that it took years for astronomers to even agree it wasn’t a glitch in one of the telescope’s instruments.
The signal, which lasted just five milliseconds, was named the Lorimer burst after its discoverer, Duncan Lorimer.
The actual radio emission was so dispersed, experts suggested it must have come from a great distance away, possibly billions of light-years away from planet earth!
But early estimates said there should be 10,000 of these events a day – so the fact that another wasn’t discovered until 2012 was troubling some what.
This was when data from the Parkes Radio Telescope in Australia suggested it had heard another FRB, along with a handful of others, but the fact that only Parkes had detected the signals had some claiming these were merely instrument glitches.
A recent discovery, in April of this year (2015), of an FRB using the giant radio dish in Puerto Rico (see above) confirmed to astronomers that these signals are indeed very real – but they are no closer to finding out an answer as to exactly what they are.
Theories so far up now include flaring stars, white dwarfs merging, neutron stars colliding and most intriguingly – alien signals!
There’s other evidence that supports the theory that the signal is artificial. When it was first detected in real-time, astronomers immediately theorised that it could be the remnants of a supernova explosion. However, these explosions throw out huge amounts of light in other wavelengths. No other wavelengths were detected!
‘This extraordinary finding either indicates an as yet unknown or unusual astronomical phenomenon, or it could indicate that this is a vast alien communication network, and the universe is teeming with intelligent life forms,’ says Nigel Watson, author of the UFO Manual.
‘Every unusual signal from outer space encourages us to wonder if it is from an alien civilisation.
‘Since this signal seems so elusive and hard to interpret then this should be a candidate for further analysis.
‘It would be fantastic if this was an alien signal as the knowledge that we are not alone in this vast universe would have a dramatic impact on our perception of our place in the scheme of things.’
For now, however, FRBs remain very much a mystery and one that is opening up many conversations around the world!x
It will take further studies and observations in future to truly determine where they come from, and what is causing them. Until then, it’s difficult to rule any particular theory out of the window.
Mystery sounds from space have been heard for many years now, the most famous other incident was the ‘WOW’ signal which was picked up on in 1977 ‘accidentally’ by Jerry E Ehman, but like always they usually tend to lean towards the star burst theory…..but could there be more to these signals than meets the eye!? Quite possibly YES!
Going by the fact the Scientists have fairly recently confirmed that our very own galaxy that we live in, The Milky Way, potentially is congested with life out there with Billions of other habitable planets around us….it is only a matter of time that we hear something from one of Galactic Neighbours…
Perhaps one of those beings that are visiting us have travelled from of those planets that we are picking up a signal from!?
We at U.I.P will keep you updated with these strange signals from space! These are exciting times people, they can no linger hide the TRUTH from us all!