Mysterious radio waves from outer space that bear remarkable mathematical patterns have got scientists scratching their heads. Some are convinced that these waves are being produced by intelligent extraterrestrial life.
According to radio astronomers, the ‘fast radio bursts’ have been picked up since 2001, and follow a mathematical pattern, causing experts to believe that the signals are being created by an artificial source.
The radio waves were last detected by a radio telescope in Australia in 2014, but it is still baffling experts as to what could cause them.
They only last a few seconds but the bursts still manage to emit the same amount of energy as the sun releases in a whole month.
It is believed they must emanate from small stars estimated to be hundreds of kilometres across at most which are much smaller than ordinary stars.
The ten bursts that have been detected so far have dispersion measures – the distance each burst has travelled to earth – line up as multiples of a single number. 187.5
John Learned, who jointly led the study, said the discovery was “very, very hard to explain”.
Radio astronomers have speculated for a long time that coded messages in radio signals, including broadcast encoded with pi or flashes that count out prime numbers could reveal an extraterrestrial existence.
Maybe they should get Jodie Foster on the case.