Mysterious signal from deep space

Pablo Tucker
February 14, 2020

The most perplexing phenomena in space are Fast radio Burst, and until now, not a single scientist has succeeded in providing us with an explanation about these bursts or signals coming from the dark nooks of the universe.

The Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment/Fast Radio Burst Project collaboration detected the fast radio bursts.

Scientists have observed a mysterious space signal deep from space which has been repeating in a 16-day cycle. The CHIME/FRB researchers are publishing the details in a paper on the arXiv database.

Between September 16 2018 and October 30 2019, scientists recorded 28 bursts from it. FRB 180916 was traced back to one of the spiral arms of the Milky Way-esque galaxy. Individual radio bursts emit once and don't repeat.

But a new study which is conducted by an global team of researchers which is led by a scientist at the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment Fast Radio Bursts Project in the parts of British Columbia has now detected a mysterious FRB which comes from a galaxy that is located nearly 500 million light-years away. It was named as FRB 180916.J0158+65.

While researchers aren't sure exactly what's causing it, they have narrowed the signal down to likely be emanating from the edge of a huge spiral galaxy around 500 million light years away.

However they say that, considering that FRBs are enormously powerful bursts of electromagnetic energy, they could be from a neutron star - although if this was the case the star would be expected to wobble, and not display the same kind of smooth cycle. Their diameters are comparable to the size of a city like Chicago or Atlanta, but they are incredibly dense, with masses bigger than that of our sun. The OB-type stars are massive stars that are short-lived. The interaction between these two, and the wind coming off of the OB-type star, could factor into the cause of the repeating FRB's pattern.

These signals are called fast radio bursts (FRBs) which are bright, millisecond-duration radio signals originating from deep in space.

Understanding fast radio bursts can also help astronomers learn more about the universe itself. They are said to be caused by unknown, extreme, and unusual places in space.

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