We’ve just found out that a series of complex alien signals coming from space are not as random as we initially thought. A new study has revealed that an FRB source located around half-a-billion light-years from Earth pulses, ominously, on a regular and consistent 16-day cycle.
Is this the ultimate alien message we’ve been waiting for? According to experts, a mysterious alien signal has been found to cautiously repeat on a sixteen-day cycle.
Fast Radio Bursts are among the most mysterious cosmic phenomenon discovered in the twenty-first century. We’ve only started to study and understand the signals, and are still trying to figure out what causes them and what their exact source is.
Some have suggested FRBs are a natural, cosmic phenomenon, while others have dared to say that FRBs could be the ultimate alien evidence we have all been looking for.
As recently reported by VICE, a new study led by scientists from the Cornell University has identified a strange Fast Radio Bursts located approximately half-a-billion light-years from Earth. This strange alien signal has been found to pulse, on a regular basis in a 16-day cycle.
This means that it is the very first FRB that has been discovered on a repeating schedule, Cornell University scientists have revealed.
“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.”
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 British Columbia, Canada.
Although the repeating signal is as strange as it gets, it doesn’t necessarily mean its aliens. There are a few theories that could explain what causes the repeating cycle.
One explanation is that the signal could be originating from an orbiting object, one that only sends out a signal during a certain point in the orbit. Another theory is that the repeating cycle is originating from a binary star comprised of a massive star and a highly magnetized star.
Another option, as revealed by VICE, is that if the source of the FRB 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 it may seem behemoth distance, the dubbed FRB 180916.J0158+65 is actually the closest Fast Radio Burst ever detected by astronomers.
Despite knowing where it is, we have absolutely no idea what it is.