Three billion light years away, there is a dwarf galaxy and within that realm, something is trying to communicate with us via radio signal.
So says Casey Law, a scientist from the team responsible for discovering FRB’s or “fast radio bursts” and tracing them to a source in deep space for the first time back in 2015.
Called FRB 121102, the signal is one of three strange signals indicated to repeat. It originates from the dwarf galaxy in the constellation Auriga reports Cnet.
It is also important to know that it has taken billions of years for this signal to reach earth, meaning that we were merely a crumb in the primordial soup when it first entered our atmosphere.
Nevertheless, Law heard it loud and clear this year after hooking up “24 parallel CPU’s,” to the VLA or Very Large Array in New Mexico – the astronomy observatory that houses 27 25-meter telescopes. Notably the VLA is prominently featured in the movie “Contact” starring Jodie Foster who like the real life astronomer Law, discovered extraterrestrial radio signals from beyond. Ah, the symbiosis.
So what does this mean for the hunt for alien life?
“This target is our top observing priority right now,”I’m not holding my breath, and I’m not expecting to find any evidence of ET, but the follow-up is straightforward, so we’ll make the observations out of due diligence.” said Douglas Vakoch, president of METI International (Messaging Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) to Cnet.
Either way, the source has to be insanely powerful to produce such a reach and would come from an extremely advanced society, eons ahead of us.
Law believes the signal could come from a star out there called a magnetar.
Still, anything is possible.
Loaded staff writer Danielle De La Bastide has lived all over the planet and written for BuzzFeed, Thought Catalog as well as print publications throughout the Caribbean.