Scientists working on a $100billion project to find signs of intelligent life in outer space have picked up 15 mysterious fast radio bursts (FRBs) from another galaxy.
Researchers at Breakthrough Listen revealed how the FRB signals were detected by the massive Green Bank Telescope in Green Bank, West Virginia, the world’s biggest steerable radio telescope.
The signals came from a FRB known as a “repeater”, one that emits more than a single burst of radio waves.
This one is called FRB 121102 and signals from it were first picked up on November 2, 2012 — with the date being used in its name.
It’s believed to be located in a dwarf galaxy 3 billion light years from Earth — around 17,635,876,119,550,823,192,555 miles (a light year is the distance light can travel in a one year, about 5.879 trillion miles).
There are several theories of what causes FRBs, from extraterrestrials to the magnetic fields of neutron stars that are rotating.
The 15 signals were picked up over five hours on Saturday, August 26, by UC Berkeley Postdoctoral Researcher Dr. Vishal Gajjar and the team at Breakthrough Listen.
The following animation shows 15 of the 15 bursts as they were captured.
They are still being studied so further information about them can hopefully be garnered.
The full data can bee seen in this report on the Astronomer’s Telegram.