In what is being considered a major breakthrough, an Indian scientist has detected 15 radio bursts potentially coming from an alien spacecraft. The source of the radio bursts has been identified as a distant galaxy approximately 3 million light years away from earth. The Indian scientist made the discovery during his 5-hour long observation while he was working with the $100m Breakthrough Listen project. Soon after the radio bursts were detected, there are talks that these bursts may be coming from an alien spaceship. Breakthrough Listen is the biggest initiative till date that aims to find evidence of extraterrestrial life forms.
Breakthrough Listen released a statement in which it said that at the time the 15 fast radio bursts (FRB) would have occurred, the solar System was only 2 billion years old. At that time, earth was home to only single-celled organisms. Moreover, it would take another billion years for the simplest multi-cellular life forms to evolve on earth. FRBs are brief, bright pulses of radio emission that originate from distant galaxies. These FRBs were first detected with the Parkes Telescope in Australia. However, now, several other radio telescopes have been able to detect FRBs.
The Indian scientist who detected the 15 FRBs is Dr. Vishal Gajjar who works at UC Berkeley. Gajjar was observing the location of FRB 121102 using the Breakthrough Listen backend instrument at the Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia. Around 400 TB of data was collected by Gajjar during the 5 hour long observation.