The Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME) radio telescope detected strange repeating eight (8) radio bursts emerging from deep space.
Scientists are hoping that these findings will be pivotal in unraveling the radio bursts’ extraterrestrial origin.
This discovery is compelling because these bursts are more than four times those noted in June 2019.
Space depicts eight radio signals
Australian investigators had made a similar observation, but the results have not yet been availed.
The discovery by astronomers using CHIME is being viewed as a game-changer based on the uniqueness depicted by the radio bursts.
For instance, they are repetitive, and this is beneficial as they can be studied extensively as compared to their one-off counterparts that can instantly vanish upon detection.
Nevertheless, in June 2019, astronomers successfully traced the genesis of a one-time radio burst. The Australian-headed group uncovered its origin to a galaxy nearly over three billion and six-tenths (3.6B) light-years away. This finding was made in Chile through a Gemini South telescope.
Space discovery offers new insights
The radio bursts’ findings present researchers with the basis for contrasting and comparing the signals as well as testing new theories.
According to Prof Vikram Ravi, an astrophysicist from Harvard-Smithsonian, the radio bursts might have been repetitive only at formerly undetected frequencies.
Researchers noted that the radio bursts at times replicate volcanoes whereby some are more active compared to others. This does not, however, mean that the less active ones are dormant.
The repetitive characteristic illustrated by the radio bursts has been called a sad trombone impact by scientists.
They are also utilizing the latest technological advancements such as artificial intelligence (AI) through an automatic program that notices the bursts upon landing on earth.
A puzzle, however, exists on whether the origin of the radio bursts is natural or artificial as the latter can be linked to alien civilizations.
Space has been offering distinctive insights about its existence. For instance, researchers at Antarctica’s German Kohnen Station recently discovered the presence of space dust associated with a past supernova in Antarctic snow.