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SETI’s Recent Alien Contact; Mysterious Signal From Deep Space

 

The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) is the leading organization in humanity’s quest for the search of alien life in the universe. As of now, it is investigating the incident where a strange spike of the signal was emitted.

It was traced that it came from a 6.3-billion-year-old star located in the Hercules constellation which is 95 light years far from our planet. This would imply that it would surely be an extraordinary find to prove that this exists and that this would lead to the possibility of the existence of an alien civilization that is thousands of years more advanced than us.

The Russian Academy of Science-operated RATAN-600 radio telescope in Zelenchukskaya, Russia was the one that detected the spike of the signal on May 15, 2015. However, it was kept as a top secret.

Fortunately, Paul Gilster, an Interstellar space reporter manned up to reveal the story, thanks to having landed a secretly circulating paper from the researchers. The star is named as HD164595 and has a lot of similar characteristics in terms of the metallic composition of our own sun.

An earth like planet that is about the same size as Neptune is also found and is named as HD 164595 b. Gilster says, “There could, of course, be other planets still undetected in this system.”

Alan Boyle, the author of The Case for Pluto and the one who told the incident to Geekwire says, “The signal conceivably fits the profile for an intentional transmission from an extraterrestrial source. In any case, the blip is interesting enough to merit discussion by those who specialize in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence.”

With this, SETI moved its Allen Telescope Array to the position of the star where the signal was received. The Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence (METI) will also use its own Panama’s Boquete Optical Observatory to dig deeper into the incident.

The 67th International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico, on September 27, will be the event where the most thorough discussion of the received possible alien signal.

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