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Astronomers have come across a strange phenomenon when they captured a short-lasting flash of radio signal from an unknown source in space. The astronomers say that this is the first time such phenomenon was detected in real time.
A team of scientists has picked up a never-before-seen radio burst, which they explain as being a short and sharp flash of radio waves, coming from an unidentified source in space.
The recent discovery will bring the scientists closer to understanding this strange astronomical phenomenon that some believe could be alien-related.
The strange radio signals that astronomers picked up lasted only for a couple of milliseconds. The first radio burst wave was captured in 2007 by a team of astronomers who used a Parkes telescope.
No one knows exactly what causes these space signals and scientists are trying to figure it out. Some believe that the strange radio signals might be caused by the black holes evaporating, while others think this could be some sort of alien communication system. Some scientists say that these radio bursts are caused by the neutron start merging.
The astronomers have picked up six more radio bursts from outside the Earth’s galaxy using the Parkes telescope and the seventh radio wave was captured using the Arecibo telescope from Puerto Rico.
Emily Petroff, one of the astronomers involved in catching the strange radio signals, said that her team is the first one to ever capture these radio bursts as they were happening. Petroff is a PhD candidate at the Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne.
She explained that these radio bursts have been discovered weeks, months and even ten years after they occurred.
After Petroff’s team saw the radio waves using the Parkes telescope, her team of scientists notified other 12 telescopes from all over the world: California, Australia, Hawaii, Germany, Chile, India, and the Canary Islands.
None of the telescopes could capture any infrared, optical, X-ray or ultraviolet counterpart of the radio burst.
Dr. Mansi Kasliwal, from the Carnegie Institution in Pasadena, California, noted that this excludes some possible causes responsible for the strange radio waves, like supernovae and long gamma-ray explosions.
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