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Mysterious Radio Signals From Deep Space Ignite Witty Marvel Comics References
By Yoon Sann Wong, 11 Jan 2019
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Space has long been exciting, unchartered territory for mankind. While news about Mars and the Sun recently captured the internet’s attention, cryptic signals from the cosmos has now left a witty internet brewing up apt pop culture references involving Marvel Comics’ characters ‘Iron Man’, ‘Star-Lord’ and ‘Thanos’.
At least if there are alien life forms out there, they’ll know that mankind has a good sense of humor.
A telescope in Canada has detected mysterious radio signals emanating from a distant galaxy, according to a new research article published in the scientific journal Nature.
The exact makeup and source of these fast radio bursts (FRBs)—brief, bright flashes of radio waves coming from halfway across space—remain unknown.
The CHIME observatory in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley has picked up 13 FBRs, including one rare repeating signal, seemingly from an identical source roughly 1.5 billion light years away.
Only one similar event has ever been reported before and was uncovered by a different telescope, reports the BBC.
CHIME, which scans the whole northern sky daily, began operating last year and picked up 13 of the FBRs almost instantly.
Ingrid Stairs, astrophysicist at the University of British Columbia (UBC), explained that the repeating signal suggests there “could be more out there.” These newly discovered sources could help researchers unravel such “cosmic puzzles,” such as “where they’re from and what causes them,” said Staurs.
Shriharsh Tendulkar of McGill University in Canada revealed that the second repeater shares similar properties to its predecessor. “This tells us more about the properties of repeaters as a population,” said Tendulkar.
Thus far, researchers have detected roughly 60 single FBRs, including the two repeat signals. It is thought that there could be as many as a thousand FBRs in the sky daily. Several notions on what causes FBRs include a rapidly spinning neutron star, two stars merging, a blitzar, a black hole, and aliens.
The internet, meanwhile, has its own theories. “That’s iron man, asking for help,” responded Facebook user Dustine Kier Salazar, whose comment references the stranded-in-space ‘Tony Stark’ seen in the Avengers: Endgame film trailer. Facebook user Kayeloni Goldstein, however, begs to differ. “It’s just Star Lord jamming out to his tunes,” she playfully added.
See more amusing responses to the enigmatic space signals below.
[via BBC, main image via Shutterstock]
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