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Astronomers Detect 15 High-Frequency ‘Fast Radio Bursts’ From Distant Galaxy That Could Be “An Extraterrestrial Civilization Powering Exploratory Spacecraft”

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Using the Green Bank radio telescope, astronomers at Breakthrough Listen, a $100 million initiative to find signs of intelligent life in the universe, have detected 15 brief but powerful “fast radio bursts” (FRBs). These microwave radio pulses are from a mysterious source known as FRB 121102* in a dwarf galaxy about 3 billion light years from Earth, transmitting at record high frequencies (4 to 8 GHz), according to the researchers. First detected in 2007, fast radio bursts are brief, bright pulses of radio emission detected from distant but largely unknown sources. Possible explanations for the repeating bursts range from outbursts from magnetars (rotating neutron stars with extremely strong magnetic fields) to directed energy sources — powerful bursts used by extraterrestrial civilizations to power exploratory spacecraft, akin to Breakthrough Starshot’s plan to use powerful laser pulses to propel nano-spacecraft to Earth’s nearest star, Proxima Centauri. (READ MORE)


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