WAY outside our Milky Way galaxy, repeating short bursts of radio waves are being released into space. Scientists have recorded the second repeating fast radio burst and the finding was just presented at the 233rd meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Seattle.
They are only millisecond-long radio flashes but this is only the second one that has been found to repeat.
According to CNN, the first one, deemed FRB 121102, was discovered in 2015 and was recorded six times coming from the same location. 1.5 billion light-years away, by the Arecibo radio telescope. In 2018 it was revealed that the bursts release an enormous amount of energy.
Ingrid Stairs, a member of the CHIME team and an astrophysicist at the University of British Columbia said,
“Knowing that there is another suggests that there could be more out there. And with more repeaters and more sources available for study, we may be able to understand these cosmic puzzles –where they’re from and what causes them.”
They don’t really know what’s causing these short radio burts, but we do. Aliens. I just rewatched Mars Attacks.
Don’t trust them!
(Photo, NASA, CalTech, screen grab; via CNN)