Are FRBs of alien origin?
Less than a week into its research, the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder telescope detected radio bursts emanating from the constellation Leo.
The strange and rare signals are what as known as ‘fast radio bursts’ or FRBs but scientists are still unsure what causes them.
However, what they do know is that they can emit as much energy in a second than the sun does in 10,000 years.
They are exceptionally difficult to study as they can last as little as a millisecond and there is no way to predict when they are coming.
Just tens of the signals have been detected
Since the first one was detected in 2007, there have been just a couple dozen more.
CSIRO, which runs the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder telescope, astronomer Keith Bannister said: "There are more theories about what they are than the number detected.”
Dr Bannister says that more telescopes will be turned on in the future, which will make the discoveries much more common and also help to unravel the mystery.
The FRBs emanate from deep space
He said: “We can expect to find one every two days when we use 12 dishes, our standard number at present.
"We turned the telescope into the Sauron of space – the all-seeing eye.”
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Dr Jean-Pierre Macquart from Curtin University, the co-author of the study, added that while it is unclear what FRBs are, "the universe has more imagination than we do”.
Due to their mysterious nature, many theories have surfaced regarding FRBs.
Some proposed black holes could be responsible, but scientists from the esteemed Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics said earlier this year that alien technology cannot be ruled out.
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Theoretical physicist Avi Loeb from the institute said that “an artificial origin is worth contemplating and checking”, when analysing the source.
A statement from the group read: “These bursts might be leakage from planet-sized transmitters powering interstellar probes in distant galaxies.”