Harvard Professor: Repeating FRBs From Deep Space Could be Alien Signals

A mysterious signal is repeating every 16 days originating from a mysterious source in deep space. Now, a Harvard researcher has come forth suggesting the signals could be of "artificial origin."

According to recent reports, the enigmatic, repeating FBR signals that have been spotted originating from a galaxy some 500 million light-years away could be artificial in nature. In other words, the signals that repeat on a steady 16-day cycle could be the result of advanced alien technologies.

One possibility to explain the FRBs–detected at 500 million light-years away–that repeat on a steady cycle every16 days is that they have an artificial origin.

This is according to Avi Loeb, the Chair of Harvard’s Department of Astronomy, and a scientist who has not been shy to suggest aliens are real and could possibly have already made contact with Earth.

Despite the fact that Loeb suggests that one explanation to the enigmatic repeating FRB could be aliens, the head of Astronomy at Harvard admits that the new FRB signals recently discovered by Canadian astronomers, could also be generated by young neutron stars called magnetars, or by another natural phenomenon that scientists have yet not come across.

“But at the moment we do not have a smoking gun that clearly indicates the nature of FRBs,” he revealed in an interview with Futurism.

“So, all possibilities should be considered, including an artificial origin.”

Loeb revealed that one particular possibility that could explain the enigmatic repeating FRB is an extraterrestrial civilization that uses a beam of energy to propel charges through space, and that Canadian researchers have actually spotted the radiation that emerges from it.

This concept isn’t new and is something Loeb pointed out in a research paper published back in 2017. However, he found that the amount of energy civilization would need to harness in order to propel cargo with “energy beams” is mind-gobbling.

According to calculations, such energy would require an alien civilization to be able to harness as much energy as the entirety of sunlight that hits Earth.

An artists rendering of an alien mega structure. Shutterstock.
An artist’s rendering of an alien megastructure. Shutterstock.

“This would require a huge engineering project, far more ambitious than we currently have on Earth,” Loeb revealed in an email.

“So, the main technological challenge is in the huge power that the radio beam need[s] to carry.”

The idea that the enigmatic signals are “messages” from aliens isn’t new, and the Canadian researchers who’ve managed to spot the repeating signals have admitted that people who are not astronomers themselves approach them suggesting that what they’ve discovered could be the ultimate evidence of alien technology.

Loeb, who is an expert in astronomy having published 4 books and over 700 papers (with an h-index of 106) on a wide range of topics, including black holes, the first stars, the search for extraterrestrial life and the future of the Universe, admits that this possibility is one that is worth serious considering–in addition to natural causes.

The chair of Harvard astronomy suggested that different FRBs could conceivably be caused by different phenomena.

It is noteworthy to mention that Loeb also suggested back in 2018, that interstellar object ‘Oumuamua could be an alien probe that was sent to explore the solar system.

Speaking to the New Yorker in 2018 about ‘Oumuamua, Loeb explained: “An advanced technological civilization is a good approximation to God.”

“Suppose you took a cell phone and showed it to a caveperson. The caveperson would say it was a nice rock. The caveperson is used to rocks. So now imagine this object — ‘Oumuamua— being the iPhone and us being the cave people.”

In 2012, TIME magazine selected Loeb as one of the 25 most influential people in space and in 2020 Loeb was selected among the 14 most inspiring Israelis of the last decade.

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