Strange Radio Signals from Deep Space
“Our result is important because it eliminates any doubt that these radio bursts are truly of cosmic origin,” says McGill’s Professor Victoria Kaspi.
It seems like it is only a matter of time now before we have hard evidence of something that seems very obvious. We are not alone in the universe. In fact with the possibility of billions of other life supporting planets out there we will discover we are indeed just one of many planets with intelligent life.
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Last year the astronomers reported four bursts picked up by the celebrated Australian telescope. As each FRB lasted around a millisecond there was no time to have other telescopes check the same location, and the fact that no other telescope had picked up anything similar raised the possibility that something local was interfering with the Parkes telescope.
Now, however The Astrophysical Journal reports that the 305m Arecibo Telescope has picked up a similar burst while searching for pulsars. The burst occurred in 2012, but not noticed at the time. “FRB 121102’s brightness, duration, and the inferred event rate are all consistent with the properties of the previously detected Parkes bursts,” the authors report.