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Mystery ‘alien’ radio signal picked up in space
01-20-2015, 05:39 PM #1
Octo Mother Superior
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Quote: A mysterious radio signal which may have come from a black hole, a neutron star or even an alien civilisation, has been picked up by astronomers.

Fast radio bursts, which last only milliseconds, are quick, bright flashes of radio waves from unknown sources in the universe, which emit as much energy as the Sun does in an entire day.

The first one was discovered in 2007 by sifting through old data, and only seven more have been spotted since then.

Now, for the first time, the mysterious phenomenon has been observed happening live.

Exactly what may be causing the signal is hotly debated by scientists. Possibilities range from evaporating black holes to alien communication and merging neutron stars.


01-20-2015, 05:50 PM #2
US nli Incognito Anonymous
Quote:“The theories are now that the radio wave burst might be linked to a very compact type of object -- such as neutron stars or black holes and the bursts could be connected to collisions or ‘star quakes.’

We can only imagine what violent collisions are going on....out there.
01-20-2015, 05:51 PM #3
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01-20-2015, 05:51 PM #4
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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spock.gif Fascinating, but I seriously doubt Aliens are communicating with radio waves.
I was reading a few days ago that the SETI program is essentially a huge waste of time and effort. The odds we could pick up random signals from an alien world are outlandish.
Nevertheless, something is producing that phenomenon - and scientists have no clue as to what it is, to me - that's the interesting part.




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