After continuing with a five-hour-long observation, a scientist from India working with the $100m ‘Breakthrough Listen’ project has successfully tracked down 15 bizarre and repetitive Radio Bursts coming from a dwarf galaxy. As revealed by the reports of the latest discovery, a dwarf galaxy, located some 3 million light years away from earth has been emitted 15 mysterious and repeating Radio Bursts, which is indirectly suggesting the presence of alien lives in the distant galaxies.
It has been more than decades when the first bizarre radio burst was detected, and up to now, the mysteries of their creation and presence is poorly understood by scientists. Fast Radio Bursts, or FRBs, are the insignificant and dazzling pulses of radio, emitting from the remote galaxies. Australia-based Parkes Telescope was the first telescope to detect the first radio bursts, and now, FRBs have been witnessed by a number of radio telescopes in the world.
The latest suite of lights was discovered from a dwarf galaxy, called FRB 121102 that sits nearly 3 billion light-years from Earth. Since the finding of FRB 121102 on 12th November 2012, the dwarf galaxy has kept baffling scientists. It is a well-known source hundreds of such small yet high-energy fast radio bursts (FRBs), and previously some of the bursts coming from the same galaxy were discovered in the past. But as said by the astronomers, the newly detected Fast Radio Bursts stand out among all.
The detection of the new 15 fast radio bursts was detected by an international project called Breakthrough Listen. It is a global astronomical initiative for introduced in 2015 for observing nearby galaxies and stars for finding the signatures of alien technology. It was launched by cosmologist Stephen Hawking and Internet investor and philanthropist Yuri Milner. The projects Listen science team at UC Berkeley has later added FRB 121102 to the mission objective for the project.
“In the early hours of August 26, Saturday, Dr Vishal Gajjar, a Postdoctoral Researcher at UC Berkeley observed the presence of FRB 121102 with the help of Breakthrough Listen backend instrument, installed at the Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia. The instrument gathered 400 TB of information on the dwarf galaxy over an observation period of five hours and monitored 4 to 8 GHz frequency band.
According to the statement, given by Breakthrough Listen, “FRB 121102 was first detected on November 2, 2012. In 2015, scientists confirmed the dwarf galaxy to be the first to send repeating pulses, and hence excluding theories of the origins of the bursts that accounted for the catastrophic obliteration of the progenitor. And again in 2016, the repeater witnessed the first FRB to include its position, pinned down with enough precision for allowing it host galaxy to be recognised. Since then, researchers across the globe have been observing the activities of the dwarf galaxy for finding out more information.