Mysterious Object From Deep-Space Sends Radio Signals to Earth Every 16 Days, Researchers Still Confused


  • Scientists have detected a series of radio signals that appear to have a pattern, from an unknown source approximately 500 million lightyears away.
  • Astronomists considers these FRBs the closest they have encountered yet, although the distance is unimaginable.
  • The signal pattern that transmits every 16 days is marked as the first occurrence in the record.

Researchers discovered an object, about 500 million light-years away, that’s been sending a repetitive radio signals to Earth. The object and the reason for such is still a mystery among the researchers.

In a report by CNN, scientists have been trying to pinpoint a specific area in the sky where these Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) have transpired.

The event is the first time that astronomers encountered a pattern that occurs every 16.35 days, as concluded by the researchers. Currently, the astronomers are analyzing these patterns so they may conclude where the FRBs came from.

According to the author of the research printed in arXiv, they are FRBs could give them a clue of what object is sending it.

CNN noted that the study had been validated,  but currently, hasn’t been reviewed as journal research.

As per observations made by scientists in 16 days, the object bursts one to two radio pulses on an hourly period for four days then no signal for the next 12 days until the sequence transpires again. 

It was around September 2018 to October 2019  when the 28 cycles of this pattern were first recorded through the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment radio telescope in British Columbia.

CBS stated on reports that the origin of the bursts, with the spiral galaxy as a reference, was from a distance of 500 million lightyears away from our planet. Although this distance is incredibly far from our solar system, the FRBs are considered the closest researchers have encountered yet.

Knowing the approximate location of the bursts, though, still left a mystery of the source or what object is sending the signal.

The authors further explained that the source might come with a supermassive black hole, but as of now, they don’t also discount the probability of a lower-mass black hole instead.

According to, these types of FRBs, which seemed random and only at happens milliseconds at a time, are challenging to observe. It was the year 2007 that the earliest FRB was identified. Since then, many FRBs have been classified, and out of these, only 10 of those have reoccurred.

The researchers are now hoping to discover the same FRBs in their forthcoming observations to give them more data, and eventually, determine a reason or a source.

In the meantime, astronomists still dismiss the idea of aliens sending the bursts. The pattern in which these FRBs are being transmitted, any presumably intelligent lifeform would know,  is not an effective way to communicate.

Source: People

3 thoughts on “Mysterious Object From Deep-Space Sends Radio Signals to Earth Every 16 Days, Researchers Still Confused

    1. I cannot believe the comment made above that this signal might not be from aliens ( another possible intelligent life form – my words) as they would no better than to transmit in this way. That to me, as an engineer, the most unprofessional comment made by someone. How do we have an opinion that the means of possible communication being made by “ some life form” is not reasonable. If we look at the origins of our universe and the time scale of any life form that I believe exists, they MIGHT be just a few tears ahead of us. Or behind by a few years. Let’s face it, we lost about 500,000 years in life development here on earth with the disastrous loss of our dinosaur population. We literally as a life form, had to start over.

  1. This is an intergalactic SOS signal, but from so far away the senders have in all likelyhood passed away long ago unless they have some great suspended stasis field to keep them viable but doubtful. Too bad.

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