Mystery Roar from Faraway Space Detected

*All of this seems a bit surreal. What are they preparing us for??*

LONG BEACH, Calif. — Space is typically thought of as a very quiet place. But one team of astronomers has found a strange cosmic noise that booms six times louder than expected.

The roar is from the distant cosmos. Nobody knows what causes it.

Of course, sound waves can’t travel in a vacuum (which is what most of space is), or at least they can’t very efficiently. But radio waves can.

Radio waves are not sound waves, but they are still electromagnetic waves, situated on the low-frequency end of the light spectrum.

Many objects in the universe, including stars and quasars, emit radio waves. Even our home galaxy, the Milky Way, emits a static hiss (first detected in 1931 by physicist Karl Jansky). Other galaxies also send out a background radio hiss.

But the newly detected signal, described here today at the 213th meeting of the American Astronomical Society, is far louder than astronomers expected.

There is “something new and interesting going on in the universe,” said Alan Kogut of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

A team led by Kogut detected the signal with a balloon-borne instrument named ARCADE (Absolute Radiometer for Cosmology, Astrophysics, and Diffuse Emission).

In July 2006, the instrument was launched from NASA’s Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility in Palestine, Texas, and reached an altitude of about 120,000 feet (36,500 meters), where the atmosphere thins into the vacuum of space.

ARCADE’s mission was to search the sky for faint signs of heat from the first generation of stars, but instead they heard a roar from the distant reaches of the universe.

“The universe really threw us a curve,” Kogut said. “Instead of the faint signal we hoped to find, here was this booming noise six times louder than anyone had predicted.”

Detailed analysis of the signal ruled out primordial stars or any known radio sources, including gas in the outermost halo of our own galaxy.

Other radio galaxies also can’t account for the noise ā€“ there just aren’t enough of them.

“You’d have to pack them into the universe like sardines,” said study team member Dale Fixsen of the University of Maryland. “There wouldn’t be any space left between one galaxy and the next.”

The signal is measured to be six times brighter than the combined emission of all known radio sources in the universe.

For now, the origin of the signal remains a mystery.

“We really don’t know what it is,”said team member Michael Seiffert of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

And not only has it presented astronomers with a new puzzle, it is obscuring the sought-for signal from the earliest stars. But the cosmic static may itself provide important clues to the development of galaxies when the universe was much younger, less than half its present age. Because the radio waves come from far away, traveling at the speed of light, they therefore represent an earlier time in the universe.

“This is what makes science so exciting,” Seiffert said. “You start out on a path to measure something ā€“ in this case, the heat from the very first stars ā€“ but run into something else entirely, some unexplained.”


11 thoughts on “Mystery Roar from Faraway Space Detected

  1. My faith tells me that the sound (a roar) heard in space is the sound of the “Lion of the Tribe of Judah”, Jesus Christ! Jesus is coming soon and He is announcing His coming with a roar!

    Joel 3:16
    The LORD also shall ROAR OUT OF ZION, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the LORD will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel.

    Zion is a name for Jerusalem but also for the Celestial Jerusalem. “On earth, as it is in Heaven” (Matthew 6:10)

    This verse is also interesting:
    Luke 21:11
    And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great SIGNS shall there be FROM HEAVEN.

    And finally:
    Revelation 5:5
    And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, THE LION OF THE TRIBE OF JUDAH, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

    (Jerusalem is still the capital of the Tribe of Judah!) Jesus Christ descends from the Tribe of Judah (the royal tribe!) Only 1 dynasty reigned over Jerusalem: the Davidic dynasty…

  2. stephanie says:

    I absolutely agree… the roar is the Lion of the Tribe of Judah.. Jesus is on His way… soon… not in the sense of soon that Paul used, but in the sense that “HIS ROAR can now be heard.” Look up, for your redemption draweth nigh…. even so Lord Jesus Come.

  3. Anna says:

    you are so right cynicalmystic!!! When Jesus returns with his children in His hand, it will be the most beautifulest thing to hear of. I am a Messianic and I do believe that is what the lion roar is. Jesus left as a lamb and is returning as a Lion. Amen!

    • heidilore says:

      I am not a Christian…

      Why must everyone insist on putting their faith into everything? I have my own faith, I do not go around proclaiming it to everyone.

      • Anne E. Crews says:

        .. just like you display your “non-faith” , that is that you “are not a Christian” (in your own words). Freedom of speech, remember?

      • heidilore says:

        No one is denying you the right to your faith. I have the right to make fun of it. Freedom of speech, remember?

  4. Anna says:

    Heidilor, God ask’s us to put our Faith in him. If someone is sick and has Cancer or something, should you sit around doing nothing? I mean, you should at least put your Faith in it and at least believe (excuse me, hope) That the person will get better. My sister has Cancer, and did I go throw it all on God? No, I trusted him Me and my family would go through this together and get out of this together. Seems like God had abandoned me, but I truely believe He did it for a purpose I’m not goingto say. I just hope you do become a Christian.

  5. Lilly says:

    To Heidilor: I hope you become a christian before God comes. I’m going to Heaven when I die and I hope to see you there!!!:)

  6. bobbi says:

    I don’t think the comments here about faith are arbitrary proclamations made to tork off non-believers… Anyone who has a relationship with Jesus Christ recognizes the congruence between the original article you posted and the Bible’s decription of Jesus, the Lion of Judah! And we are completely exhilarated by the news of that roar!!!

    You asked the question – what are they preparing us for? And perhaps the answer is one you are unwilling to hear. Perhaps now is the time that Jesus summons YOU, heidilore. Surely that is one POSSIBLE explanation for the “roar in the universe.”

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