Radio telescope near Penticton, B.C., opening new doors in astrophysics

  • Radio telescope near Penticton, B.C., opening new doors in astrophysics

Radio telescope near Penticton, B.C., opening new doors in astrophysics

The radio telescope set up in Canada past year was able to detect a mysterious radio signal emanating from deep space at frequencies below 700 MHZ on July 25, keeping scientists busy to decipher the source of it.

If that's not unusual enough, this particular fast radio burst is incredibly low, in the 580 megahertz frequency range - almost 200 MHz lower than any other fast radio burst we've picked up on before.

FRBs were first discovered in 2007. No FRB has ever been detected below 700 Mhz before.

The Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment, or CHIME, is located in British Columbia and monitors for signals beaming from outer space.

The CHIME project is unique because it has a fast survey instrument that can search for the fast radio bursts over an instantaneous field of view around 200 square degrees in real time.

The post reads: "During its ongoing commissioning, CHIME/FRM detected FRB 180725A on 2018 July 25 at 17:59:43.115 UTC (18:59:43.15 BST/13:59:43.15 ET)".

Meanwhile, FRB 180725A was "clearly detected at frequencies as low as 580 MHz and represents the first detection of an FRB at radio frequencies below 700 MHz", Boyle wrote in his report.

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

The question that remains is uncovering where these signals have come from, with many possible theories being thrown into the mix. The first radio burst was detected in 2001. No one knows where they originate from or what they are exactly.

Mysterious radio signals emitted from across the universe.

'They could be caused by exploding stars, supernova, exotic stars like pulsars, magnetars, neutron stars or massive black holes at the centre of distant galaxies.

However, Christopher Conselice, an astrophysics professor from the University of Nottingham, points out to Daily Mail that FRBs likely occur much more regularly than Earth is able to detect, adding that thousands could be making its way to the planet every day.

"It could even be some other physical mechanism we don't yet understand".

FRB are very rare, because experts are still trying to explain their origin, not excluding the possibility of explosion of a black hole or echo developed extraterrestrial civilizations.