Heavy duty telescope recorded an unusual signal from space

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According to a statement released in The Astronomer's Telegram (a bulletin board of astronomical observations posted by accredited scientists), the mystery signal - named FRB 180725A after the year, month and day it was detected - transmitted in frequencies as low as 580 megahertz, almost 200 MHz lower than any other FRBs ever detected.

Yet, unlike the previous FRBs detected by our telescopes, this particular signal, dubbed FRB 180725A, is even more enigmatic. No FRB has ever been detected below a frequency of 700 Mhz before, according to the telegram.

There was a Fast Radio Burst called FRB 121102, which was heard many times in the past years.

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But FRB 180725A had a few more surprises in store.

This FRB is called 180725A, and what makes it so special is its low frequency - 580 Mhz, considering that scientists haven't detected any FBR under 700 Mhz until now. Because it had a frequency as low as 580 Mhz.

Scientists can not yet identify the process which produces the short and sharp radio wave bursts, which means we can not rule out the possibility they were made by aliens.

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"These events have occurred during both the day and night and their arrival times are not correlated with known on-site activities or other known sources of terrestrial RFI (radio frequency interference)". Most of the radio signals received by CHIME come from our Milky Way galaxy. No one knows where they originate from or what they are exactly.

Whatever it is - black holes colliding, a star exploding, or just some aliens having a really loud party - we'll probably have to wait a long, long time before science can say for certain.

Helpfully, Dr Mark Halpern, of the University of British Columbia explained: "With the CHIME telescope we will measure the expansion history of the universe and we expect to further our understanding of the mysterious dark energy that drives the expansion ever faster". Scientists are still unsure of their origin source, arguing that FRBs may be emerging from some kind of "extreme" environment in space, but none have been able to definitively show where they're coming from. FRB, was by astronomers here on Earth are incredibly large distances from sources located so far away in space that we can't even see them.

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