Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), have detected an intense signal emitting radio waves in the form of an ‘heartbeat’ deep into space.

According to astronomers who observed the signal bursts, the FRB 20191221A falls under the first radio burst (FRB) class; due to its intensity and unknown origin. It’s also the longest lasting radio burst; and possess the clearest periodic pattern of its kind.

Analysis of the ‘heartbeat’ signal shows a high level of persistence; up to a thousand times more than a typical FRB. Usually, FRBs last only a few milliseconds but the recently discovered burst scaled three seconds, repeating clear periodic patterns in 0.2 second. Skepticism on the origin of the signal have been diminished by liking its origin to a rare star, rather than the unlikely resolve of alien communication.

Specifically, the signal is purported to originate from a neutron star; dense and in collapsed form of bigger stars spinning rapidly.

Findings published in a journal supported claims of the neutron star origin; narrowing it down to a radio pulsar or magnetar star.

Since the discovery of the first FRB fifteen years ago, scientists have detected hundreds of other radio wave bursts across several galaxies.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.