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Dr.SharK

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#1 10 years ago

Call Dr Arroway, because NASA has detected a deep space sound that defies belief or any explanation. They don't have a single clue about its origin, according to Alan Kogut from the Goddard Space Center: [INDENT] The universe really threw us a curve. Instead of the faint signal we hoped to find, here was this booming noise six times louder than anyone had predicted. [/INDENT] According to NASA, "the source of this cosmic radio background remains a mystery". It's not primordial stars, it's not any known radio source, and in fact, the problem here is that there is "not enough radio galaxies to account for the signal". In other words, nothing in the known cosmos is capable of producing this deafening sound. University of Maryland at College Park's Dale Fixsen—part of NASA's ARCADE team— says, that to get this kind of signal, "you'd have to pack [radio galaxies] into the universe like sardines. There wouldn't be any space left between one galaxy and the next". So in more scientific terms: They don't have a flying frak about what the hell this may be.

The sound has been detected by ARCADE, a balloon-borne probe which is chilled to 2.7 degrees above absolute zero. The instrument itself is inside a tank of 500 gallons of liquid helium to reach that temperature, which is the same temperature as the cosmic microwave background radiation. Needless to say, plugging into this completely unexpected and mysterious alien iPod playlist has made scientists at the Goddard Space Flight Center more excited than Jason Chen at the Las Vegas' Adult Entertainment Expo.

Source: Space: NASA Detects Mystery Booming Sound In Deep Space, Origin Unknown

This actually quite frightens me, though space has always done that. It's both exciting and terrifying at once. What could this possibly be? Is the very belief of how our universe is sewn together, totally wrong?

Oh man, stuff like this scares me.




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#2 10 years ago

Dr.SharK;4765515Source: Space: NASA Detects Mystery Booming Sound In Deep Space, Origin Unknown

This actually quite frightens me, though space has always done that. It's both exciting and terrifying at once. What could this possibly be? Is the very belief of how our universe is sewn together, totally wrong?

Oh man, stuff like this scares me.

If the boffins don't know, what made you think that we would? Whatever it is, it's obviously not having any impact on us, so there's not much to be afraid of.




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#3 10 years ago

Matt, we don't know if it'll have an impact on us. It's only a sound for the moment, but it could be anything. Sounds aren't created from the nothingness of space. Something is making a sound, but whether it's natural or something dangerous is unknown. We'll find out if we look into the sky and spot a huge planet crashing towards us!




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#4 10 years ago

It's not a sound.




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#5 10 years ago
SeinfeldRules;4765556It's not a sound.

:agreed

Besides, why did they only find it now if it is so powerful? Doesn't SETI have an entire network of receivers to look for this kind of signal?




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#6 10 years ago
SeinfeldRules;4765556It's not a sound.

You're right. It's a noise. Not much of a difference, except a noise isn't loud enough for humans to hear.




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#7 10 years ago

MrFancypants;4765562:agreed

Besides, why did they only find it now if it is so powerful? Doesn't SETI have an entire network of receivers to look for this kind of signal?

They didn't find it, they received it. There's a huge difference. They actually had to search for it if they had "found" it. They "received" it by accident.




commander_sword

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#8 10 years ago

the INTELLIGENT human race is only about a 10.000 years old, we know nothing about the secrets that are inside a universe of countless millions and even billions of years... we know nothing... but there is nothing to be afraid of, cause when an Alien race wants to attack Terra and they actually have the ability to get here their technological standard would be so high that i gues that the War between us and them would be over in a single day, maybe a week if we hide like rabbits. so they would purge us from their new planet so we don't need to suffer long, or, they keep us as pets wich means that we are groomed all day, never have to work again and get free food! doesn't sound that bad or does it?




Stark98

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#9 10 years ago

mmmh, who knows, we could wake up next morning and a fleet of alien ships is orbiting the planet, wanting to destroy us because maybe an important message of their fleet strategics was send to the wrong planet?




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#10 10 years ago

We don't know that the technological achievement of a race has to be that high for interstellar travel. To another race that has different natural resources at its command maybe traversing space is simply a matter of applying energy to a certain kind of rock in a certain way; or maybe they're a bunch of spear wielding primitives who've encountered legacy technology from something more advanced than themselves and think of traversing the stars as a matter of asking god. Maybe they're just extremely long lived, or posessed of a psychology that makes them more eager to indulge in philanthropic pursuits. Or perhaps they're like the bugs in Starship Troopers, colonising other planets by hurling their spore into space. Even we as a race are capable of interstellar travel, have been for a while now. It would be incredibly expensive, take a few thousand years, and would never show any economic return, but we could do it.