Humanity picks up deep space mystery signal that could be from aliens

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Yet, unlike the previous FRBs detected by our telescopes, this particular signal, dubbed FRB 180725A, is even more enigmatic.

Canada's new radio telescope has picked up a mysterious signal from deep in space with a frequency so low, it's never been detected before. Before it, there has never been an FRB picked up below 700 MHz.

And the signal has even been named - well, branded - "FRB 180725A".

The Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment - or CHIME - detected the unusual noise known as a fast radio burst on July 25, reported.

"The fact the lower frequency FRB has been detected provides hope that we can understand more about where they come from and what causes them".

Mr Boyle adds: "Additional FRBs have been found since FRB 180725A and some have flux at frequencies as low as 400 MHz".

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The question that remains is uncovering where these signals have come from, with many possible theories being thrown into the mix.

"Fast radio bursts are exceedingly bright given their short duration and origin at great distances, and we haven't identified a possible natural source with any confidence", Avi Loeb, a scientist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics who was not involved in the discovery, said previous year in a statement related to new research on these bursts.

Researchers are not ruling out the possibility that these fast radio signals, which only last a few milliseconds, might be sent out by an advanced alien civilization residing in the depths of space.

Christopher Conselice, professor of astrophysics at Nottingham University, told Mail Online: "We don't know their origin, they could be caused by a number of things".

Helpfully, Dr Mark Halpern, of the University of British Columbia explained: "With the CHIME telescope we will measure the expansion history of the universe and we expect to further our understanding of the mysterious dark energy that drives the expansion ever faster". Studying the peculiar signal could give astronomers better clues as to how these extragalactic radio waves form and where they're coming from.

Whatever it is - black holes colliding, a star exploding, or just some aliens having a really loud party - we'll probably have to wait a long, long time before science can say for certain.

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