Harvard Astronomer Says Aliens Could Be Trying To Slide Into Our DMs
Bursts of powerful energy originating from across the Universe could be coming from aliens attempting to to send us a message, a Harvard expert has claimed.
Earlier this month, Canadian researchers revealed they had discovered a strong radio signal bursting from a distant galaxy every 16 days.
Known as fast radio bursts (FRBs), they are bright, millisecond-duration radio transients originating from extragalactic distances.
"We conclude that this is the first detected periodicity of any kind in an FRB source," the study's authors said.
"The discovery of a 16.35-day periodicity in a repeating FRB source is an important clue to the nature of this object."
The first FRB was spotted in 2007, and the signals have mystified scientists ever since.
A scientist— notably the chair of the Harvard astronomy department, Avi Loeb, has come up with some possibilities.
One possibility, according to Loeb, is an advanced alien race is using these beams to transport cargo from stars to stars.
Loeb, who is the chair of Harvard University’s astronomy department, told Futurism the signals may be from an alien civilization.
"At the moment we do not have a smoking gun that clearly indicates the nature of FRBs,” he told Futurism.
“So all possibilities should be considered, including an artificial origin.”
The E.T. enthusiast is not only from a distinguished university, with 30 years of Ivy League professorship under his belt, he also has hundreds of astronomical publications on his resume.
It is not the first time he has acknowledged alien presence. Loeb has previously referred to -- what he calls "cosmic modesty" — the idea that it's arrogant to assume we are a particularly special species or alone in the universe.
In 2017 Loeb and his Harvard colleague Manasvi Lingam proposed that FRBs could be leakage from planet-sized alien transmitters.
In 2018, he also suggested that the interstellar object ‘Oumuama' might be an alien probe.
In terms of the FRB revelations, the researchers said the most likely explanation is these signals originate from powerful gamma-ray bursts and are brief, yet extreme, radioactive bursts from stars.
Loeb also acknowledged that the signals could be generated by young neutron stars called magnetars, or by another, undiscovered natural phenomenon.
Now that the source has been located, and if the new FRB continues its repetitive nature, future telescopes might be able to more definitively pinpoint where it is coming from.
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