‘Alien’ Signal Detected By Russian Telescope Likely Came From Earth

Posted: Sep 2 2016, 11:00pm CDT | by , Updated: Sep 2 2016, 11:05pm CDT, in News | Latest Science News


‘Alien’ Signal Detected by Russian Telescope Likely Came from Earth
Credit: SETI Institute

Russian scientists say that mysterious signal which was picked up by Russian radio telescope last year, was not originated from space. It most likely came from Earth

Scientists might have been able to track down the source of strong extraterrestrial signal detected by Russian radio telescope. According to a latest statement issued by Russian Academy of Sciences, the signal apparently had an earthly origin, not extraterrestrial. 

The unusual signal was originally captured by Russia’s RATAN-600 Radio Telescope last year and was suspected to be come from a star system named HD 164595. This sun-like star system is located 94 light years away from the Earth and hosts at least one planet in its habitable zone, making it an ideal candidate to support alien life.

On August 28 this year, SETI astronomers, a project designed to search for extraterrestrial civilizations, swung Allen Telescope Array in the direction of HD 164595 and tried to pick up the signal from the very large patch of sky covered by telescope but detected nothing. 

Now, official statement has been released by telescope researcher Yulia Sotnikova about the possible detection of a radio signal linked to the activities of an extraterrestrial civilization and said that further analysis of the signal reveals “its most probable terrestrial origin.” This statement dismisses media reports on the discovery of a signal from an unearthly civilization.

“Some time ago, in the spring of this year, an unusual signal was received but its analysis showed that it was most likely a terrestrial disturbance.” Yulia Sotnikova told Russian agency TASS.

SETI astronomers were also not too much optimistic about the ‘alien’ signal and doubted the discovery of ET. The suspected alien signal was received at the wavelength of 2.7 cm, which is equivalent to the frequency of 11 GHz.

“It’s hard to understand why anyone would want to target our solar system with a strong signal. This star system is so far away they won’t have picked up any TV or radar that would tell them that we’re here,” SETI Institute’s blog says.

“The chance that this is truly a signal from extraterrestrials is not terribly promising and the discoveries themselves apparently doubt that they’ve found ET. Nonetheless, one should check out all reasonable possibilities, given the importance of the subject.”

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