Although the scientists had detected these signals in the past as well, they were always coming from random locations in the space. They are all originating from the same region.
It can be recalled that physicist John Learned along with the astronomer Michael Hippke have speculated back in 2015 that FRBs can result from either bursts of radio waves or come from a spy satellite which can disguise its transmission so that it can appear as radio signals from the outer space. And researchers got hold of 6 or more of these signals this week. While the intrigued astronomers are still investigating the real source of the radio bursts, a big portion of their suspicions points out to the works of an extraterrestrial intelligence. An FRB lasts only a few milliseconds, but contains an incredible amount of energy, about the same amount our Sun produces in a month.
As powerful as these signals may be, scientists are still unsure about what exactly is it that causes them.
It is certainly going to take a while to understand these FRBs and the reason behind it.
FRBs were discovered only in the year 2007, with nearly 10 years gone by Scientists are now able to narrow down the options for this particular cause.
In total, 17 FRBs have been detected from the same location, including some this past March. These were the first FRBs that were noticed outside of our galaxy. They are bright, unresolved, broadband millisecond flashes found outside the Milky Way. Mankind's radio signals, however, have only spread some 200 light-years from this planet. This makes a total of 11 FRBs in actual. Adding to the long list of mysteries surrounding the universe is a phenomenon- wherein radio signals have been detected coming from outside the Milky Way- has made the scientists go nuts!
"We report on radio and X-ray observations of the only known repeating fast radio burst source, FRB 121102", the team wrote in The Astrophysical Journal. Five of these were recorded with the Green Bank Telescope at 2GHz, and the other at 1.4 GHz through the Arecibo observatory.
Although, the repeating nature of these FRBs are suggesting that this is not the case. Science News claims that the most likely candidate is solar flares from a neutron star, the hyper-dense collapsed core of a larger star.
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