Experts have managed to pinpoint the origin of the enigmatic alien signals to a stellar nursery located 2.4 BILLION light years from Earth. Astronomers say that this is an extraordinary discovery’.
According to experts, the enigmatic radio bursts—which last not more than a few milliseconds—originate from extremely DENSE neutron stars lost 20 kilometers across in the constellation Auriga.
“It’s an extraordinary galaxy,” says Dale Frail of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Socorro, New Mexico. “Relative to its small size, it’s making stars at a prolific rate.”
Great progress has been made in the detection of Fast Radio Bursts. IN fact, until recently, we had absolutely no idea whether these mysterious signals originate in our galaxy, or somewhere else in the universe.
However, in January of 2017, experts made one of the biggest breackthorughs—they discovered the home of one fast radio burst named FRB 121102: in a relatively small galaxy located in the Constellation Auriga 2.4 BILLION light years from Earth.
But things got even better now when it comes to FRBs.
Experts from the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy in Dwingeloo have used the Hubble Space Telescope in order to study the galaxy in questions.
“The Hubble observations allow us to get a very sharp image,” team member Shriharsh Tendulkar of McGill University in Montreal, Canada told New Scientist. “There is a very bright spot of star formation, and this FRB lies bang inside it.”
According to experts, the nursery of stars is located in the outermost edges of the galaxy which has a diameter of around 20,000 light years. The nursery alone is around 4,400 light yeas across.
Experts theorize that the FRBs are the result of ‘flares’ that originate within the dense core of a young neutron star, left behind after the original star exploded.
The waves emitted by the young neutron star were only detected in December last year by astronomers from McGill University in Montreal, using the Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia, and at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico.
As experts explain in a scientific paper published in The Astrophysical Journal:
“We have detected six additional radio bursts from this source: five with the Green Bank Telescope at 2 GHz, and one at 1.4 GHz with the Arecibo Observatory, for a total of 17 bursts from this source.”
Interestingly, the finding follows 11 previous flashes from the same location in the FRB 121102 Galaxy. So far, this is the only known place in the universe where FRBs repeatedly occur, temporarily and randomly.
Astronomers added, “Whether FRB 121102 is a unique object in the currently known sample of FRBs, or all FRBs are capable of repeating, its characterization is extremely important to understanding fast extragalactic radio transients.”
Previous theories speculated that FRBs are caused by Alien technology.
Scientists from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics proposed that fast radio bursts, aka FRBs, might be leakage from planet-sized Alien transmitters powering interstellar probes in distant galaxies.
“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,” said theorist Avi Loeb of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. “An artificial origin is worth contemplating and checking.”
In a new study, experts determined that ‘leakage’ from the transmitters could result in extremely brief flashes which scientists on Earth eventually picked up, as alien probes, their host planet, their Sun and the galaxy move relative to our planet.
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