Last year, SOFREP reported on an unusual celestial anomaly that have left some experts wondering if it may be the first proof of an extra-terrestrial civilization: the first ever repeating fast radio bursts, originating in a dwarf galaxy some 3 billion light years away.
Fast radio bursts aren’t entirely uncommon in the universe, but what makes this instance so unique is that it repeats, denoting either some intelligence at work, or a natural phenomenon that allows for the signal to blink on and off and a regular rate. While each of those theories have their supporters, most within the scientific community tend to lean toward undiscovered natural phenomena, barring undeniable proof of something more exotic. Scientists have been studying these bursts, which carry the nondescript moniker FRB 121102, since they were discovered in 2012, but it wasn’t until recently that they grew in acclaim – as the more we seem to learn about them, the stranger they seem to be.
Scientists now believe these bursts are releasing a “monstrous” amount of energy – which should come as no surprise seeing as they need to travel a distance so vast the human brain can barely comprehend just to reach our sensors, but just how powerful is still pretty incredible. According to the latest data, it would seem that these fast radio bursts are unleashing as much energy per millisecond as our sun does in an entire day.
That’s not all scientists have figured out since last we heard about the strange radio bursts coming from FRB 121102. According to data collected over the past year, the radio bursts are coming from an area of the faraway galaxy that has an incredibly strong magnetic field. The bursts themselves have also revealed some new information, including that they appear to be polarized and actually travel up into a higher frequency that ever previously recorded.