Experts now believe distant cosmic radio bursts which some believe are from an advanced extraterrestrial civilization are coming from a mysterious object three billion light-years away. A new report shows the intensity of the strange pulses called fast radio bursts (FRBs) have become more extreme.
In fact, the blasts emit more energy in a single millisecond than our sun does all day. In other words, these bursts of light are one billion times brighter than anything seen before. Researchers reported in the journal Nature that the signals appeared to come from an extreme environment that was “among the most highly magnetized regions of space ever observed”.
“This is exotic. If we had one of these on the other side of our own galaxy , the Milky Way , it would disrupt radio here on Earth, and we’d notice, as it would saturate the signal levels on our smartphones,” said Shami Chatterjee, senior research associate in astronomy at Cornell University. These radio bursts were first discovered in 2007. The huge pulse of radio waves is more than 500 times greater any other fast radio burst observed to date. The latest data came from telescopes at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico and Green Bank Observatory in West Virginia. Until recently, many experts speculated that FRBs are produced by cataclysmic events such as stars exploding into supernovas, or neutron stars collapsing into blackholes but they are very repetitive. Some believe FRBs are from advanced extraterrestrial civilizations.