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Scientists have caught a odd signal from deep space

Scientists have caught a odd signal from deep space

Canada's shiny new radio telescope is up and running, and it just heard something very, very odd coming from deep space.

The unusual signal has been classified as a Fast Radio Burst (FRB) - one of the most perplexing phenomena in the universe, of which only two dozen have ever been recorded, notes the Daily Mail.

This means that whatever produced the signal, which has been named "FRB 180725A", is likely to be extremely powerful. Fast radio bursts are not uncommon, but are considered special because no one knows what their sources are. Researchers claim that this is the lowest frequency FRB ever recorded emitted from across the universe.

'Fast radio bursts are exceedingly bright given their short duration and origin at great distances, and we haven't identified a possible natural source with any confidence, ' Avi Loeb, of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics research institute, said in 2011.

The latest FRB, which was detected by researchers at the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment in British Columbia, was allegedly the first to be heard between the much deeper frequency range of 400 to 800 MHz, rendering it a much lower signal than numerous FRB episodes before it.

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The latest mystery signal was detected by CHIME, a state-of-the-art radio telescope that looks like a skateboarder's half-pipe in the mountains of British Columbia. It was incredible how much energy is required to ensure that the radio signal could be done this way.

This puzzling radio signal, dubbed as FRB 180725A is the lowest radio burst ever detected from beyond our galaxy, the Milky Way, and, as the experts agree, its source must be a very powerful one. The first radio burst was detected in 2001.

No one knows what this mysterious signal is, where it came from, or why it suddenly crossed Earth's radar. Beyond the visible spectrum, space is a colorful mess of radio signals and microwaves fired off by flaring "suns", collapsing stars, crackling magnetic fields, roiling dust clouds and seething black holes.

Due to the unknown origins of FRBs, it has attracted the curiosity and scrutiny of alien hunters. FRBs may even reach our planet thousands of times a day, Conselice said; we just haven't built enough tools to detect them all yet.


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