A high-powered telescope detected hundreds of unexplained radio bursts in outer space, leaving scientists looking beyond the galaxy for answers.
More than 500 fast radio bursts (FRBs) were observed by scientists using an antenna-powered telescope called CHIME, or the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment, in a 12-month period between 2018 and 2019, according to findings presented Wednesday to the American Astronomical Society.
The phenomenon is not completely understood, and FRBs were only discovered in 2007, according to international researchers.
“Before CHIME, there were less than 100 total discovered FRBs; now, after one year of observation, we’ve discovered hundreds more,” Kaitlyn Shin, a graduate student in MIT’s Department of Physics, said.
The CHIME findings indicate there are as many as 800 unseen FBRs shooting across the sky every day, likely originating from magnetic fields around neutron stars, researchers said.
The findings come as defense officials prepare to release a report detailing everything the government knows about unidentified aerial phenomena to Congress this month