For almost a decade scientists are trying to analyse the mysterious signals in the universe – the fast radio bursts (FRB).
Over the past 10 years, the scientists have recorded strange frequencies from beyond our Milky Way.
Scientists from the Swinburne University of Technology by using the Molonglo telescope in Canberra, Australia, pinpointed the location of three of the strange radio bursts. After they find the location the scientists rejected the theory that the signals are man-made.
Professor Matthew Bailes from the Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne said, “Perhaps the most bizarre explanation for the FRBs is that they were alien transmissions.”
The bursts last only for few milliseconds and it seems to be travelling across vast distances.
A Ph.D. candidate at Australian National University, Manisha Caleb said, “Figuring out where the bursts come from is the key to understanding what makes them. Only one burst has been linked to a specific galaxy. We expect Molonglo will do this for many more bursts.”
Dr. Chris Flynn from Swinburne University of Technology said, “Conventional single dish radio telescopes have difficulty establishing that transmissions originate beyond the Earth’s atmosphere.”
The researchers used software to detect the sources of three of the mysterious ‘bursts’ which explode with the energy the sun releases in a day.
The bursts first discovered in 2007, since then huge radio telescopes like the Parkes Observatory in Australia have detected fewer than two dozens of such signals.
Experts believe the bursts are originated from far-away galaxies which are billions of light-years away.
Earlier, Harvard expert Avi Loeb suggested that the bursts may come from huge transmitter being used to power an alien aircraft. “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. An artificial origin is worth contemplating and checking.”
The research will be published in an upcoming edition of Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.