Mystery of ‘alien’ radio signals from outer space solved… and it doesn’t involve little green men
SCIENTISTS have traced the origin of mysterious “alien transmissions” and their findings will be bad news for anyone who thinks extraterrestrials are trying to contact us.
The source of a series of “fast radio bursts” has been shown to be a “stellar nursery” of baby neutron stars – mega-heavy objects which can be as small as 12 miles wide.
These bizarre bursts flash for an instant but can emit as much energy in a millisecond as the Sun does in 10,000 years.
One scientist suggested these unusual signals could have been produced by alien spaceships.
Sadly, an international team of astronomers think they’ve traced the radio bursts to a tiny galaxy called FRB 121102 that’s in the constellation Auriga which is 2.4 billion light-years away from our planet.
Shriharsh Tendulkar, an astronomer from McGill University in Canada, and stargazers from other universities used the Hubble Telescope to study FRB 121102.
It’s believed a series of fast radio bursts were produced by a cluster of baby neutron stars located on the edge of this galaxy, which is about one-sixth the size of the Milky Way.
Neutron stars are created when giant stars explode in supernovas.
They are so dense that a spoonful of the star would weigh about a billion tonnes.
It’s believed the stars produce fast radio bursts at some point during their formation.
“The Hubble observations allow us to get a very sharp image,” said Shriharsh Tendulkar, an astronomer from McGill University in Canada.
“There is a very bright spot of star formation, and this fast radio burst lies bang inside it.”
This region has been spotted “flashing” about 30 times and then releasing a fast radio burst.
However, bursts from other parts of deep space could still be from aliens, because the latest finding doesn’t fully explain all the other similar signals which have been picked up recently.