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Wed Aug 14, 2019, 02:38 AM

Astronomers Have Detected a Whopping 8 New Repeating Signals From Deep Space

Ohhhhhh!! Wait until the Area 51 freaks hear about this. But really, this is fascinating.

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Astronomers Have Detected a Whopping 8 New Repeating Signals From Deep Space

One of the biggest mysteries out there in the Universe is inching closer to answers. An astonishing eight new repeating radio signals known as fast radio bursts (FRBs) have been detected flaring from deep space.

At the start of 2019, just one of these mysterious signals, FRB 121102, was known to flash repeatedly. In January, scientists reported a second repeating one (FRB 180814).

This new paper - available on preprint server arXiv, and accepted into The Astrophysical Journal Letters - describes eight new repeating signals detected by the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME) radio telescope.

This brings the known total of repeating FRBs to 10. It means we're starting to build a statistical database of repeaters, which could help astronomers to figure out what these signals actually are.

Fast radio bursts are certainly perplexing. They are detected as spikes in radio data, lasting just a few milliseconds. But, in that time, they can discharge more energy than 500 million Suns.

Most FRBs are only detected once and can't be predicted, so tracing them back to their source is really tricky (although, as demonstrated earlier this year for the first time, not impossible).

That's why repeaters are so important. And the news that they are not as rare as we thought means it might be possible to trace more back to their source galaxies, and determine what kinds of environments they come from.

http://va.topbuzz.com/s/hrdbUU

There’s just no way ‘we’ could possibly be the only life in all the galaxies in the Universe. It’s so arrogant to even think it. But there’s not going to be any answers to that dilemma for a long time, if ever. That is if Calvin can be trusted...

http://images.cryhavok.org/d/3364-2/Calvin+and+Hobbes+-+Intelligent+Life.jpg


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AmandaCMatthews Aug 14 OP
rampartb Aug 14 #1
foia Aug 14 #2
FreeWheelBurning Aug 14 #3
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AmandaCMatthews Aug 15 #8
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Response to AmandaCMatthews (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 06:08 AM

1. note that these signals are short and difficult to trace

maybe the first thing they are telling us is "sssssh. there are things out here that you don't want to meet."

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Response to AmandaCMatthews (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 07:56 AM

2. Theres just no way we could possibly be the only life in all the galaxies in the Universe.

However, just as other life could possibly evolve in other galaxies their existence could not only be very far away in space but also be far away in time.

The duration of mankind's existence so far is really just a very tiny sliver of time in the whole scheme of things. And mankind could be rendered extinct in an instant. For example, some large asteroid of sufficient size could hit Earth and render the planet uninhabitable.

I suppose it is possible that at some point we might make contact with another lifeform but I don't think it's very probable.

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Response to foia (Reply #2)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 08:54 AM

3. Technology windows pose a challenge as well

Take the radio bursts as an example. We have only had the technology to listen for radio signals for about 100 years. Other life forms in the universe may not have evolved to the point where they can generate radio signals. Conversely, other life forms may have developed advanced technology, by our standards, that render radio signals obsolete.

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Response to AmandaCMatthews (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 11:36 AM

4. Breaking news!

Nasa scientists have tentatively translated the signals as saying "Don't make us come down there!"

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Response to Lowrider1984 (Reply #4)

Thu Aug 15, 2019, 01:07 PM

8. Best reply in this thread. Youre probably right.

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Response to AmandaCMatthews (Reply #8)

Thu Aug 15, 2019, 01:33 PM

9. Thanks!

I try!

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Response to AmandaCMatthews (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 12:55 PM

5. Its probably the new EIB station Rush brought on!

He rules the universe!! Liberals hurry to get a judge in in Hawaii to block the signals.

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Response to AmandaCMatthews (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 01:13 PM

6. sad thing....

even if we do someday figure out what those signals are, and that they may have been generated by an advanced civilization, it's quite possible that the beings who sent them out might not exist anymore.

Wiped out in a cosmic cataclysm, or destroyed by their own hands.



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Response to AmandaCMatthews (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 01:28 PM

7. mene, mene, tekel, parsin

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