For centuries now, the same question has been asked: Is there alien life? Will we ever find out? We know very little about the universe. Science is solving mysteries, but for every mystery we solve, we stumble upon a few more.
Given the size and complexity of our universe, it would be foolish to say that we know either way. For those who do believe, it has been extremely difficult to prove. With the Internet age, it has been hard to even talk about it with so many hoaxes out there.
Radio bursts from deep space reveal a strange mathematical pattern:
UFO-watchers have been glued to their radio equipment, with the rest of us hoping that it doesn’t turn into an invasion.
There has been a new study conducted by scientists at the Institute for Data Analysis in Neukirchen-Vluyn, Germany. This could finally shed some light on this mysterious signal, pointing at just two outcomes: A new cosmic phenomenon or, as some people have hoped, contact from alien life.
The scientists had analyzed the 11 signal bursts that started in 2007 and were last detected in 2011.They focused on the time dispersion between the signal’s low and high frequencies. What they discovered was that in every instance, the difference was a multiple of 187.5.
The co-author of the paper, Michael Hippke, spoke to the Huffington Post Science team and said: “It is likely not produced by something like a supernova explosion; all frequencies leave the nova at the same time, and the DM [dispersion measure] is created by dust crossing. As the amount of dust varies, the DM would seem random.”
Where are the mysterious radio waves in space coming from?
There’s other evidence that supports the theory that the signal is artificial.
When it was first detected in real-time, astronomers immediately theorized that it could be the remnants of a supernova explosion. However, these explosions throw out huge amounts of light in other wavelengths. No other wavelengths were detected, the Huffington Post wrote on their website.
“If it’s a signal, well, it’s certainly NOT a message—except maybe to say: ‘Here we are.’ There’s not real bandwidth to it, which means these fast radio bursts can’t encode many bits. But there are so many other possibilities, I think that automatically attributing something in the sky that we don’t [at first] understand to the work of aliens is… premature!” said the Director of SETI, Seth Shostak, to Gizmodo in an email.
We have been sending signals into outer space for some time now. Maybe they are answering us? Probably not, but it will be interesting to see what happens over the next few years.