Fast radio burst detected 3 billion light-years away: signs of extraterrestrial life?

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Space researchers, astronomers, astronauts and many other enthusiasts have become interested in life on other planets. NASA and other leading space agencies have been working on discovering the possibility of finding life outside of Earth. Now, Chinese scientists have discovered fast radio bursts three billion light-years away. Are they aliens?

Fast radio burst detected from 3 billion light-years away

Fast radio burst detected

Going into detail, the new active fast radio bust was first reported by the Chinese state-run Global Times. According to the report, China’s Five Hundred Meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope or FAST spotted the fast radio burst at a distance of three billion light-years.

Fast radio bursts or FRBs are a type of radio frequency. Here, FRBs are brief radio frequency flashes that last a few milliseconds. The Chinese report indicates that the FRB named FRB190520B was detected in a dwarf galaxy.

What’s even more interesting is that this isn’t the first time we’ve heard of FRBs, specifically the FRB190520B. Previously, the same FRB190520B was spotted in Guizhou, China in 2019. Even before that, another FRB called FRB121102A was spotted by the US Arecibo radio telescope in 2016.

Fast radio burst detected from 3 billion light-years away

It’s safe to say that these fast radio bursts have been detected for some time now. However, the origin of FRBs is still unclear as no one can trace them back to their source. This is also why many believe that FRBs are sent by ETs or extraterrestrials.

Did FRBs come from extraterrestrials?

On the other hand, the Global Times claims that only five percent of FRBs out of more than a hundred are active. In addition, the new FRB190520B has been constantly active, which also indicates a repeated message from the source. Here, FRB FRB190520B would have the highest ambient electron density.

It was also reported to exhibit reliable burst behaviors with four bursts recorded in just the first 24 seconds. In comparison, individual radio bursts emit once and do not repeat, while fast radio bursts would emit short, energetic radio waves many times.

Astronomers traced these FRBs back to the galaxies they observed and studied. But they have yet to determine what causes the bright and intense fast radio bursts. They also wonder if there are two or more types of FRBs, and what they might symbolize.

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Article first published: Friday, June 10, 2022, 12:51 p.m. [IST]

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