Aliens: Russians Detect Deep-Space Signal
A russian telescope has picked up an unknown signal from deep space, prompting scientists to believe they may have discovered alien life.
Signals came from near to a planet surrounding a star 95 light-years from Earth.
The host star is known as HD164595 which is almost the same size as our sun.
The planet in question has been dubbed HD164595b and is roughly the same size as Neptune, a diameter of almost four times that of Earth’s. It is warm and rocky, with a year that lasts just 40 days.
The signal was detected by experts at Russia’s RATAN-600 telescope who then passed the information onto Paul Gilster, author of the Centauri Dreams website, which examines peer-reviewed research on the universe.
Mr Gilster said the strength of the signal indicates that it came from a Kardashev Type II civilisation.
The Kardashev scale is an indicator of how advanced a civilisation is Earth is a type I that can harbour energy from our sun, whereas a Type II would be much more advanced and would be able to use all of the energy from the host star– like a Dyson Sphere, for example.
Mr Gilster wrote on his website: “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 civilisation.”
“If it were a narrow beam signal focused on our Solar System, it would be of a power available to a Kardashev Type I civilisation.”
While Mr Gilster was not 100 per cent confident that the signal came from aliens, he remains optimistic.
He said: “The possibility of noise of one form or another cannot be ruled out, and researchers in Paris led by Jean Schneider are considering the possible microlensing of a background source by HD164595.”
The signal is provocative enough that the RATAN-600 researchers are calling for permanent monitoring of this target.
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