Are Aliens Saying Hello? Fast Radio Bursts Update 01/5/2017 | Summary and Q&A

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January 5, 2017
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Are Aliens Saying Hello? Fast Radio Bursts Update 01/5/2017

TL;DR

Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) are short but powerful bursts of radio waves that have baffled astronomers since their discovery. Some believe these bursts could be the result of alien activity.

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Key Insights

  • 💨 Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) are highly energetic bursts of radio waves lasting only a few milliseconds and have only been known since 2001.
  • ℹ️ The sources of FRBs appear to be very small, eliminating many potential sources, including most normal stars.
  • 👽 The bursts conform to a mathematical pattern, suggesting a possible alien origin, but subsequent observations have called this pattern into question.
  • 🥳 FRBs originate outside our galaxy and are believed to be very common, with thousands happening each day.
  • ❓ The energy required to produce FRBs, if they originate outside the Milky Way, is enormous.
  • 👽 FRBs do not resemble intentional signals from alien civilizations due to their ambiguity and lack of clarity.
  • 👽 The assumption that alien signals would come in the form of communications may not be accurate.

Transcript

One of the strangest mysteries of the universe that continues to baffle astronomers are the phenomena of fast radio bursts or FRBs. Lasting only a few milliseconds, these highly energetic bursts have only been known since about 2001. And while we don't yet know much about them, we can infer from their behavior that the sources of the bursts seem to... Read More

Questions & Answers

Q: What are Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs)?

FRBs are highly energetic bursts of radio waves that last for only a few milliseconds and have been known since 2001. They have mysterious origins and behave differently compared to other radio-emitting objects in the universe.

Q: Could FRBs be the result of alien activity?

While there is no definitive evidence, some researchers suggest that the pattern observed in FRBs, particularly the delay between the arrival of the first and last parts of the signals being multiples of the number 187.5, could indicate alien activity.

Q: Why are FRBs difficult to detect?

FRBs happen so fast that they can only be detected by chance. Additionally, their sources are believed to be very distant, and the dispersion measure, which measures the difference in time between different frequencies, suggests they originate outside our galaxy.

Q: Are there any potential natural explanations for FRBs?

Yes, there are several potential natural explanations for FRBs, including colliding neutron stars, oddly behaving solar flares, and activity around black holes. However, none of these explanations fully account for the observed patterns and behavior of FRBs.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) are highly energetic bursts of radio waves that last only a few milliseconds and have been known since 2001.

  • The sources of FRBs seem to be very small, less than a few hundred miles across, which eliminates many potential sources, including most normal stars.

  • The bursts originate from outside our galaxy, and recent research suggests thousands of FRBs happen each day, although they are difficult to detect.

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