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15 'could it be aliens?' fast radio bursts observed in one night

Alien

Prof Cox likes the idea it could be for propulsion across the void, icon is obvious.

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Communication that required power at that level would be rather inefficient, one would think. But when we see theories about creating actual wormholes, warp drive etc. we're always told the power requirements would be ridiculous. Like maybe something with "million trillion trillion" in it :)

Yeah, I know, 99.99999% chance it is natural and we just don't understand it. But fun to think about some alien warp driving overlords, even if they only lived in our distant past.

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There's a difference between liking an idea and believing it. I like the idea that there will be a roast duck in my oven when I return home... it doesn't mean that I believe it.

Using 'Aliens' as a placeholder is healthy, because it doesn't colour any working theory (which currently is a weird neutron star with a massive magnetic field). It also has form: Pulsars were once known as LGMs (Little Green Men), until a better explanation was arrived at.

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Well if it is an alien communication beacon or propulsion system, they've fucked up. I imagine they have cooked themselves with it quite nicely, along with everything else in their galaxy.

That's the kind of engineering screw up that would make both captain Picard and his number one facepalm.

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I suggest you google 'the united federation of "hold my beer, i got this"'

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"Well if it is an alien communication beacon or propulsion system, they've fucked up. I imagine they have cooked themselves with it quite nicely, along with everything else in their galaxy."

You have obviously never been to a Hotblack Desato gig then.

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Unhappy

But sadly...

It's all happening a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away....

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Re: But sadly...

Apparently the remnants of the Empire kept building death stars over and over again, despite the rebels continually blowing them up and causing a massive explosion. Will they never learn?

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Anonymous Coward

Re: But sadly...

That's no natural satellite of a planet, visible (mainly at night) by reflected light from their sun.

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Re: But sadly...

@DougS, but 15 death stars in one night?

I think the rebels are gonna win.

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Re: But sadly...

Dammit DougS, you've just given away the plot for Star wars Episode 9!

(The First Order have a half-constructed Starkiller Base 2 that the Resistance think is not yet operational so they send a small group to the forest moon of NotNamedYet where they meet the incredibly cute and highly marketable cuddly StrangeNamedAliens who show then a sneaky way into the deflector shield control room just in time to save the whole Resistance fleet that has just arrived and discovered Starkiller Base 2 may not be complete but the Flippin' Big Gun is already fully functional and ready to blow up starships with no blowthrough even though it appears to use the same energy to vapourise an entire planet many magnitudes bigger than the starship...

(Darn, forgot the first half of the film where Rey, Chewie, Luke and someone else - possibly Maz Kanata? - have to return to Jakku to rescue Finn from where Unkar Plutt has him mounted on a wall...)

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Re: But sadly...

@ not.known@this.address

I read that as Episode 9 factorial. God that was depressing.

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Re: But sadly...

That's no natural satellite of a planet, visible (mainly at night) by reflected light from their sun.

underrated post

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Re: But sadly...

It's all because of this bloody planet that keeps wanting to leave the Empire. They sent their chief negotiator D'dvd Dvi|es to try and blackmail the Emperor so it has been necessary to teach the planet 'a lesson'.

D'dvd Dvi|es: "I didn't know we had an extra moon"

Imperial negotiator: "That's no moon"

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@Chris G - 15 death stars

We can't pinpoint the exact location of this at such a distance, who's to say it wasn't 15 death stars located at various places in a Milky Way sized galaxy, destroyed over a period of 200,000 years, that due to an amazing cosmic coincidence just happened to have their light all reach us at the same moment :)

Or way one Super Death Star that had 15 reactors inside it, which exploded in sequence causing 15 separate flashes?

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It's not a distress call, it's a warning.

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The race is on between Trump and Kim Jung Un to see who will take credit for it and claim it is a warning for the other.

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$ units "10 million trillion trillion joules" "tonne tnt"

* 2.4284104e+21

Kim Jong-un - eat your heart out.

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Liberate mei?

or Liberate tutamei ex inferis?

(apologies for the spelling, I didn't do Latin at school)

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If it were a distress call, all things considered, wouldn't you scratch your head and consider the wisdom of responding?

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It would be a little like responding to a 911 (or 999 for you cross ponders) call made in 1965.

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Bad news travel fast!

Yes, Trump, IS president!

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Re: Bad news travel fast!

If humans could invent a "butthurt drive" we really could explore the furthest reaches of the universe.

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If only it hadn't taken them quite so long to charge up their 10 million trillion trillion joules the warning from their model of the end of the universe 3 billion years into their future might have arrived on time.

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Re: Arkintoofle Minor

is a planet which is home to the Hingefreel race. This race attempted to build ships powered by bad news, as this has the well-known ability to travel faster than light. However, the idea was soon abandoned as the ships were unwelcome wherever they landed (or attempted to do so).

(c) Sun-Earther Douglas 'DNA' Adams of Cambridge.

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Black Helicopters

Good day

We've been receiving complaints of interference in the 4-8 GHz range. This 30 thousand million trillion trillion watt pirate transmitter of yours doesn't seem to be licensed.

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Re: Good day

No, it's just an American radio ham operating QRP.

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Mushroom

That much energy is equivalent to the total output of our sun over ten hours. What do we know requires the total output of a sun? Apart from Starkiller base?

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a chrome tab left unclosed

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Spinal Taps Amps.

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Spinal Taps Amps.

Fuck Spinal Tap and their puny 11, mine goes up to 12!

Evidence: http://en.audiofanzine.com/tests_v3/fender/champion600/p1050416.jpg

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Re: Spinal Taps Amps.

Bugger Spinal Tap, it was a concert by the plutonium rock band "Disaster Area"!

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"a chrome tab left unclosed"

You mean is some kind of Google/Microsoft interstellar telemetry feed?

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CQ Contest

They're trying to make contact but it's the FRB 121102 Contest Group. They want us to reply as we're worth 8T points for a new solar system. Unfortunately not even the Italians are able to reply this time.

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Re: CQ Contest

They'll have changed the scoring system by the time your reply reaches them

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I am Appalled and Outraged!

After re-calibrating my units of measure system to the Reg's common sense and entirely practical system, q.v. https://www.theregister.co.uk/Design/page/reg-standards-converter.html, I find that this article uses a non-standard unit of measurement! Unacceptable!

I demand that The Register, if it is to maintain it's readers expected high standard of reporting, to immediately rectify the situation by using an approved Reg unit.

Given we have force (the Norris) and distance (possibly the Linguine is most relevant), I suggest The Register immediately gets to work to supply both the name of the Reg unit and it's conversion rate, particularly to this thing called a 'joule', on which I am unable find any information on the Reg's standard converter, making it, the joule, a meaningless unit.

Signed

Appalled A. Outraged

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Re: I am Appalled and Outraged!

What's the energy content of a "standard" English breakfast? :-)

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Re: I am Appalled and Outraged!

Its the methane output afterwards you need to measure not the breakfast itself (penalties of being a veggie - those sausages have far more potential than mere pork or beef)

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Re: the energy content of a "standard" English breakfast?

Looking at https://guysandgoodhealth.com/2012/03/15/how-many-calories-in-a-full-english-breakfast/

we see a figure of 850 calories, which www.rapidtables.com converts to about 3.6 MJ; so the 10 million trillion trillion Joules becomes about 3 trillion trillion EBf.

However, there's no black pudding, and only one sausage, and one slice of toast; which seems a bit lighter than some EB's I've been served (and where's the tomato?).

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Re: I am Appalled and Outraged!

I would have thought a bacon sandwich or a cup of tea (standards have already been debated and agreed upon) would have been more appropriate, no?

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Re: the energy content of a "standard" English breakfast?

If a full English has less calories than you are supposed to consume in a day, you're doing it very, very wrong.

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Re: I am Appalled and Outraged!

It's about 7 hundred thousand trillion trillion NorrisLinguines.

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Boffin

Re: I am Appalled and Outraged!

Addition to definitions.units:

hamster 1|53 watt

wales 20776980000 m^2

footballpitch 4050.7601 m^2

belgium 30528.33 km^2

congo 2354031.834 km^2

norris 100 N

linguine 140 mm

doubledecker 9.219 m

brontosaurus 138.2851 m

walnut 83776 mm^3

egg_vol 183260 mm^3

grapefruit 523600 mm^3

airbag 575960 mm^3

funbag 1712172 mm^3

football 5796252 mm^3

pool 2502.8677 m^3

jub 4200 g

eiffeltower 7000000 kg

pepcon 2700 ton_tnt

mythbusters_cement_mixer 0.34 ton_tnt

tad 1.25 ml

dash 0.625 ml

pinch 0.3125 ml

smidgen 0.15625 ml

drop 0.078125 ml

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Re: I am Appalled and Outraged!

One unit that is also missing from the Reg Standards Converter is time*. Sticking with a conventional unit until a Reg one comes along, energy could be expressed as hamsterfortnights, with this galaxy emitting 43.816138 trillion trillion hamsterfortnights per burst.

* lunchtime is way too variable, although that can actually be useful on occasion.

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Re: I am Appalled and Outraged!

* I thought lunchtime was doubly variable?

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Alien

I'm not saying it's aliens....

....but it's aliens!

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Trollface

Re: I'm not saying it's aliens....

I'm sorry but 15 isn't a prime number...

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Alien

Re: I'm not saying it's aliens....

Ahh, but if you divide 15 by the mystical number 3, you get 5, which is a prime number!

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Re: I'm not saying it's aliens....

Okay - they are somewhat innumerate aliens...

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Pulsar?

Probably be a pulsar or something like that?

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