- ALIEN Signals? Scientists Identify Object 500M Light-Years Away Sending Signals to Earth
by CARLY READ, https://www.express.co.uk/
STARGAZERS have identified the first ever pattern of a fast radio burst (FRB) source in outer space – an object sending information to Earth from 500million lightyears away.
The signals have long-baffled astronomers since their discovery six years ago as their origin had been a total mystery. But now, one sporadic radio burst source found millions of lightyears away has a very specific pattern. Though scientists still do not know the cause of such radio bursts, it has been found that the source is transmitting signals that are hitting Earth every 16 days without fail.
Duncan Lorimer, an astrophysicist at West Virginia University in Morgantown, told Science news: “This is very significant. “It’s potentially going to take us in an interesting direction to get to the bottom of these repeaters.”
The source is firing out a signal for a few milliseconds once every hour, every hour for four days. It then appears to go silent for 12 days before picking back up again and resuming its 16-day cycle. It is the first time a FRB pattern has been found by astronomers.