Scientists took a mysterious signal from space

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Researchers claim that this is the lowest frequency FRB ever recorded emitted from across the universe.

The new Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME) telescope, located in British Columbia, Canada, has the objective of scanning the space for radio signals and listening to them.

According to a statement released by The Astronomer's Telegram on August 3rd, the mysterious signal - named FRB 180725A after the year, month and day it was detected - transmitted in frequencies as low as 580 megahertz, almost 200 MHz lower than any other FRBs ever detected.

Since 2007 when the radio astronomers detected FRB signals for the very first time, only 24 such low-frequency super-fast bursts have been identified.


For example, FRB 121102 was detected repeatedly over several years.

FRBs are frequently picked up on radio telescopes though their exact origins aren't fully understood. In 2011, a spokesperson at the Astrophysics Research Institute (Harvard Smithsonian), Avi Loeb, noted that because there is no conclusive proof that the radio bursts are not natural, that "An artificial origin is worth contemplating and checking".

"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 (radio frequency interference)".

Mr Boyle adds: "Additional FRBs have been found since FRB 180725A and some have flux at frequencies as low as 400 MHz".


The question that remains is uncovering where these signals have come from, with many possible theories being thrown into the mix. Not much is known about these short, high-energy signals, except that they have been attributed to a number of different potential sources, one more exotic than the other.

Mysterious radio signals emitted from across the universe.

FRBs are not rare, but scientists have no idea about the origin of the signal.

Unfortunately, we'll have to wait a long time before we know for sure if these sounds come from black holes colliding, exploding stars or aliens lurking in space. 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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