Astronomers from Breakthrough Listen project (BL) co-founded by Stephen Hawking have detected mysterious radio signals coming from another galaxy around three billion light years away. Breakthrough Listen project (BL) picked up 15 fast radio bursts (FRBs) from an unknown source, leading to speculation they came from neutron stars, black holes or extraterrestrial technology across the universe.
BL director Andrew Siemion said “Whether or not fast radio bursts turn out to be signatures of extraterrestrial technology, Breakthrough Listen is helping to push the frontiers of a new and rapidly growing area of our understanding of the universe around us.”
Research team has admitted they have no idea about where they come from. The newly discovered bursts will also allow scientists to see more of what is actually happening than ever before
In a documentary entitled ‘Stephen Hawking’s Favourite Places’ , he said: “One day, we might receive a signal from a planet like this, but we should be wary of answering back.
“Meeting an advanced civilization could be like Native Americans encountering Columbus. That didn’t turn out so well.” He went on to say that alien life could be “rapacious marauders roaming the cosmos in search of resources to plunder, and planets to conquer and colonize”.
Scientists had primarily been concerned that the bursts may not be from space, but were actually a misunderstood transmission from earth – like when astronomers discovered that they had inadvertently discovered their own microwave. But recent works showed that the signals are from outer space.
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