Who can forget the famous words, “E.T. phone home…” Actually, maybe he is making a call from home – to here!
Scientists have reported that they have detected “regular repeating radio signals” being directed at earth from space. According to the reports, a team using the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment, or CHIME, has announced that they have detected as many as 13 unique radio signals from space, including an especially rare repeating burst. Only one other repeating fast radio burst was known to exist. It is that repeating burst that has fueled speculation that the radio signals could be deliberate, and not of natural origin.
Fast Radio Burst From Space
The Canadian team recorded 13 fast radio bursts, commonly known as FRBs. FRBs are essentially extremely powerful energetic radio emissions that can be picked and measured by earthbound radio telescopes. Planets, stars, things like pulsars, and black holes, all give off radio signals, and in fact, are what make the science of radio astronomy possible. But, scientists typically can identify such signals. What makes this set of radio signals from space so intriguing is the fact that among the 13 FBRs was a very unusual repeating signal that came from the same source, approximately 1.5 billion light years away. Such a repeating signal has only been reported once before, which makes this particular detection more mysterious, and quite historical.
“We have discovered a second repeater and its properties are very similar to the first repeater, this tells us more about the properties of repeaters as a population,” said Shriharsh Tendulkar of McGill University, Canada, one of the lead researchers on the project.
“Until now, there was only one known repeating FRB. Knowing that there is another suggests that there could be more out there. And with more repeaters and more sources available for study, we may be able to understand these cosmic puzzles—where they’re from and what causes them,” said Ingrid Stairs, a member of the CHIME team and an astrophysicist at UBC.
But What Are These Mysterious Radio Signals From Space?
In all, the scientists recorded a cluster of 13 of the bursts including the repeaters, in the span of a single three week period in January. Are they all coming from the same distant extreme or unusual event in space, such as a collapsed or neutron star? Or, could they be the casual result of the output of the spacefaring technology of some advanced alien civilization, or as many believe, even being beamed here directly, as a message from that same mysterious civilization, that we do not yet have the technology to decipher or understand?
The CHIME team published their findings in the peer reviewed scientific journal Nature, however, as is usually the case in such publications, the possibilities of any alien origins of the signals was largely ignored.
This is common with any-type of mainstream science article, says, Dr. Brian O’Leary, an ex NASA astronaut and Princeton physics professor. “Contemplating the idea, they completely ignore the fact that there is already abundant evidence that we are being contacted, and that extraterrestrial civilizations have been visiting us for a very long time.”