Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) are known to astronomers who are meticulous of the data they receive. These are super fast spikes in the telescopes on Earth.
These FRB signals are usually weird and unexplained- sometimes not detected by astronomers for years on end.
- Various signals have complex and mysterious structures with patterns of peaks and valleys in the form of radio waves.
- Playing out in milliseconds, this is a very unexpected phenomenon even for all the explosions that occur and give out electromagnetic energy across the universe.
- First of these FRBs was detected in 2007 from the data recorded in 2001.
- The source of these bursts is still undetected, especially since they appear at random times and places.
- A team of astronomers recently detected five FRBs in real-time using a single radio telescope.
- A doctoral student at the Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia, has created an AI system that recognised and recorded these as the signatures spiked.
- This AI system was used to programme the Molonglo telescope to spot FRBs.
- The result: Finest records of FRBs found today. Though it was tried to use this AI and detect the source of these FRBs but with no luck.
- Could these be signs of Extra-Terrestrial life across the universe? Are any of them still alive? Were they killed off fighting each other and we detect the echoes of what remains?