Strange sig­nals ‘prob­a­bly’ from aliens: Sci­en­tists

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

WASH­ING­TON: Sci­en­tists have heard highly un­usual mes­sages from deep in space that they think are com­ing from aliens.

A new anal­y­sis of strange mod­u­la­tions in a tiny set of stars ap­pears to in­di­cate that it could be com­ing from ex­trater­res­trial in­tel­li­gence (ETI) that is look­ing to alert us to their ex­is­tence.

The new study re­ports the find­ing of spe­cific mod­u­la­tions in just 234 out of the 2.5 mil­lion stars that have been ob­served.

The work found that a tiny frac­tion of them seemed to be be­hav­ing strangely.

And there ap­pears to be no ob­vi­ous ex­pla­na­tion for what is go­ing on, leav­ing the sci­en­tists be­hind the pa­per to con­clude that the mes­sages are com­ing from aliens.

“We find that the de­tected sig­nals have ex­actly the shape of an (ETI) sig­nal pre­dicted in the pre­vi­ous pub­li­ca­tion and are there­fore in agree­ment with this hy­poth­e­sis,” write E. F. Borra and E. Trot­tier in a new pa­per.

“The fact that they are only found in a very small frac­tion of stars within a nar­row spec­tral range cen­tred near the spec­tral type of the sun is also in agree­ment with the ETI hy­poth­e­sis,” the two sci­en­tists from Laval Univer­sity in Que­bec write.

The re­search has been ac­cepted for pub­li­ca­tion in the jour­nal Pub­li­ca­tions of the As­tro­nom­i­cal So­ci­ety of the Pa­cific, un­der the ti­tle “Sig­nals prob­a­bly from Ex­trater­res­trial In­tel­li­gence”.

But they make clear that fur­ther work will need to be done to con­firm or deny that hy­poth­e­sis. That will need to be done by watch­ing for the same sig­nals on dif­fer­ent equip­ment so that all other ex­pla­na­tions can be dis­carded. – The In­de­pen­dent

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