Recently, researchers have identified the first fast radio burst signal that beats at a powerful flow. The strange continuous wave is coming from the outer parts of another galaxy. The radio source is situated in a galaxy 500 million light-years from our planet. It appears to pulse on a 16-day cycle, clockwork-style, and it might be a signal from aliens. Researchers explained that such an occurrence is one-of-a-kind, and represent a massive step toward finding out its origin.
Deep Space Fast Radio Burst Signal Activity Identified
The FRBs (radio bursts) is one of the most complicated puzzles that the universe offered to scientists so far. First identified in 2007, these steady FRBs are made by energetic sources, even if no one knows what those might be. They’re also confusing because they can be either “repeaters,” or one-offs.
The pulses from those repeat waves have appeared a little bit as random and conflicting in their timing. But such a thing modified back in 2019, when the CHIME/FRB, a team developed to spot and analyze FRBs, identified that a repeater dubbed FRB 180916.J0158+65 had a constant rhythm.
Moreover, the team kept records on the recurrent burst between September 2018 and October 2019 utilizing the CHIME radio telescope in British Columbia. During that time, the blasts were clustered into four days and then appeared to shift off for the following 12 days.
Alien Contact or Not? Might Be!
Finally, they perform a total cycle of approximately 16 days. Some of the sequences, however, did not make any noticeable bursts, but those that produced were all synced up to the same 16-day periods.
“We conclude that this is the first detected periodicity of any kind in an FRB source. The discovery of a 16.35-day periodicity in a repeating FRB source is an important clue to the nature of this object,” the team related. That specific fast radio burst was successfully being tracked down to a galaxy that is almost half a billion light-years from our planet, and there might be an alien civilization.