Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs), space, mystery, galaxy,
An artist's illustration of a light-sail powered by a radio beam (red) generated on the surface of a planet. The leakage from such beams as they sweep across the sky would appear as Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs), similar to the new population of sources that was discovered recently at cosmological distances.M. Weiss/CfA

Alien enthusiasts all around the world were pulled to a state of ecstasy on January 09, 2019 when a Canadian team of researchers detected mysterious fast radio bursts (FRB) coming from deep space. The discovery made using the help of the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (Chime), in British Columbia's Okanagan Valley revealed that these radio waves were coming from a distant source that is at least 1.5 billion light years away.

Alien theory put forward outlandishly?

Their study report published in the journal Nature soon went viral on online spaces, and it made many people believe that aliens are trying to send radio waves to the earth to announce their existence. To substantiate their views, they argued that these fast radio bursts are repeating, and this factor itself indicates its artificial origin. It should be noted that such a repeating event was recorded only once in history before and it was back in 2015 when the Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico detected such mysterious waves from the darkness of the universe.

Even several International media outlets have published stories based on this discovery, and they hypothesized that the cause of these fast radio bursts might be somehow connected to aliens living in deep space.

Several published stories have cited the comments made by popular Harvard scientist Avi Loeb about these mysterious radio bursts. As per Avi, these fast radio bursts could be actually leakage from planet-sized alien transmitters. In a study report published in 2017, he also urged space agencies to investigate more on these FRBs to unlock the mysteries.


At this juncture, it should be noted that Avi Loeb had many times in the past put forward alien theories to explain various mysteries spotted in the universe. A few weeks ago, Avi Loeb had suggested that interstellar visitor Oumuamua could be an alien probe. As per Loeb, aliens may be sending light sail to various solar systems to spot potential signs of life, Oumuamua could be one among those probes.

Did the research team talk about aliens in their study report?

Even though everybody is talking about aliens after the discovery of these mysterious radio bursts, the study team, in their report published in journal Nature, has not talked about any extraterrestrial angle. Instead, this study report offered an evidence that the same region in space is continuously sending repeated fast radio bursts.

"Until now, there was only one known repeating FRB. Knowing that there is another suggests that there could be more out there. And with more repeaters and more sources available for study, we may be able to understand these cosmic puzzles — where they're from and what causes them," Ingrid Stairs, an astrophysicist at the CHIME told the Guardian.