Astronomy X-Files

Possible Alien Radio Signal Coming From A Sun-Like Star

Possible signs of extra-terrestrial alien life were recently sensed by a radio telescope in Russia courtesy of a “strong signal,” reported science news website

The signal is from the direction of HD164595, a star about 95 light-years from Earth that is known to have at least one planet, and may have more.

“No one is claiming that this is the work of an extraterrestrial civilisation, but it is certainly worth further study,” said Paul Gilster, author of the Centauri Dreams website which covers peer-reviewed research on deep space exploration.

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The observation is being made public now, but was actually detected last year by the Ratan-600 radio telescope in Zelenchukskaya, Russia, he said.

Experts say it is far too early to know what the signal means or where, precisely, it came from.

“Working out the strength of the signal, the researchers say that if it came from an isotropic beacon, it would be of a power possible only for a Kardashev Type II civilization,” Gilster wrote, referring to a scale-system that indicates a civilization far more advanced than our own.

“But the signal is provocative enough that the Ratan-600 researchers are calling for permanent monitoring of this target,” wrote Mr Gilster.


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