Strange Signals from Outer Space! joins a group of astronomers who’s job is to analyze mysterious signals from our cosmos.
As these cosmological signals are of the unknown, whether or not they are extraterrestrial or natural occurrences is up for debate – something today’s scientists from across the globe hope to figure out.
One such unknown signal was discovered in 2006 by husband-and-wife team Duncan Lorimer and Maura McLaughlin.
Together they discovered an enigmatic signal from space, known as a fast radio burst. It was a pulse of radiation so bright, it didn’t appear to be caused by any known object in the universe.
Explanations ranged from colliding neutron stars to communication signals from an alien civilisation far more advanced than our own.
Scientists have been searching the cosmos for strange signals like the Lorimer Burst for more than 50 years.
More such signals are discussed in the documentary, culminating in perhaps the most mysterious of them all: the radio signals from Tabby’s Star.
It is a star so mysterious that some scientists believe it might be surrounded by a Dyson sphere, a vast energy collector built by advanced aliens.
- Release date2017
- Full runtime
- Director(s)Stephen Cooter
- Part of the seriesHorizon
- Production companyBBC