15 alien signals spotted by radio telescopes in West Virginia

Audrey Hill
September 1, 2017

Seth Shostak, a senior astronomer at the California-based SETI Institute tells Alan Boyle at GeekWire that the repeating nature of FRB 121102 has made it easier to study the bursts, but may actually complicate the situation, since that particular FRB may differ from other sources.

Backed by Mark Zuckerberg, Stephen Hawking, and the billionaire entrepreneur Yuri Milner, The Breakthrough Listen initiative was able to record these odd signals thanks to the Green Bank Telescope, in West Virginia, the Parkes Radio Telescope in Australia, and the Automated Planet Finder of the Lick Observatory, in Mt Hamilton, California. However, some have dared to venture that the bursts from FRB 121102 could conceivably originate from huge transmitters powering an interstellar spacecraft.

The Breakthrough Listen team used the Green Bank Telescope to observe FRB 121102, which was first discovered in 2012.

Earlier this month, astronomers using the Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia (a collection of radio telescopes) not only found 15 more bursts, but found them at a higher radio frequency than was ever observed before, the astronomers said in their findings published in The Astronomer's Telegram.

"Whether or not fast radio bursts turn out to be signatures of extra-terrestrial technology, Breakthrough Listen is helping to push the frontiers of a new and rapidly growing area of our understanding of the universe around us", Siemion said.

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And in 2016, FRB 121102 was the first FRB to have its location pinpointed to such a degree that its host galaxy could be identified. Sometimes those signals repeat, months or years apart.

It's so far away that the signals detected here today left their source at a time when life on Earth was limited to single-cell organisms. "This detection at such a high frequency helps us scrutinize many (of FRB 121102's) origin models". The frequency structure we see across our total band of 4 to 8 GHz also allows us to understand the intervening medium between us and the source... "It should be noted that they can still be valid for other FRBs".

Again some researchers are opposed that they aren't aware of the reasons for why the fast radio bursts quickly but that's nothing to do with the ALIENS.

Here's what we do know: Fast radio bursts are high-energy radio signals that last a few milliseconds.

Breakthrough Listen, a $100 million initiative aimed at stepping up the search for alien signals, says it's picked up an intriguing series of 15 fast radio bursts emanating from a dwarf galaxy 3 billion light-years away. The extraordinary capabilities of the Listen backend, which is able to record several gigahertz of bandwidth at a time, split into billions of individual channels, enable a new view of the frequency spectrum of FRBs, and should shed additional light on the processes giving rise to FRB emission. However, it's extremely certain that these radio signals started they journey long before multi-cellular life even existed on Earth.

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