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Radio telescope picks up new frequency in space
06 August 2018, 10:15 | Edward Lowe
Canada telescope picks new radio signal from distant planet, scientists puzzled over source
Described as one of the most mysterious phenomena in the universe, a group of scientists this week reported picking up a deep, energetic radio signal coming from somewhere in outer space.
A new bulletin from The Astronomer's Telegram reveals that the new telescope detected what is known as a Fast Radio Burst, or FRB.
As a result, scientists believe that the source (whatever it is - PRESUMABLY ALIENS, THOUGH) is likely to be extremely powerful. This allowed the scientists to assume that the signal source with the code name "FRB 180725A" was extremely powerful. Before it, there has never been an FRB picked up below 700 MHz.
The £12-million ($15.6 million) installation, set up in British Columbia, only began operations last year and is equipped with four 100-meter-long (328 feet) U-shaped cylinders, capable of recording ancient radio signals sent out when the universe was no more than six billion years old.
The post reads: "During its ongoing commissioning, CHIME/FRM detected FRB 180725A on 2018 July 25 at 17:59:43.115 UTC (18:59:43.15 BST/13:59:43.15 ET)". In a diagram measuring the radio frequency over time, there is a clear bright streak beginning below 600 MHz.
The FRB detected in this case, called FRB 180725A, is particularly unique because it had a frequency as low as 580 Mhz.
The question that remains is uncovering where these signals have come from, with many possible theories being thrown into the mix. CHIME was created to detect ancient radio waves sent out when the universe was just a toddler, some 6 billion to 11 billion years ago. Boyle adds that odd event did not correlate with any known activities or other known sources. No one knows where they originate from or what they are exactly.
Christopher Conselice, a professor of astrophysics at the University of Nottingham told Daily Mail, this discovery could help to pave the way for a greater understanding of what causes FRBs.
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