A group of scientists think they just heard an alien transmission
Generally, scientists are cautious when they discover something that they can’t categorically prove. You’ll hear a lot of words like “possible,” and “there is a chance” as the scientists want to make it absolutely clear that they are presenting the facts, not a wild theory.
Apparently that isn’t always the case, however, as a group of scientists analyzing the modulations coming from deep space have discovered something they claim are “probably” alien transmissions.
The study was designed to scan roughly 2.5 million stars in deep space, looking for unusual modulations. The result of that study showed that no more than 234 – fo the millions – were considered to be behaving strangely. It was such a low percentage, and yet high enough that it caught the attention of the scientists.
While a small number of unidentified signals coming from space may not be as impressive as, say, a possible alien megastructure, the scientists in question are sufficiently convinced that the signals are not natural. After comparing them to known phenomena, scientists EF Borra and E T Trottier of the University of Quebec concluded that aliens might be the most likely explanation.
“We find that the detected signals have exactly the shape of an [extraterrestrial intelligence] signal predicted in the previous publication and are therefore in agreement with this hypothesis,” Borra and Trottier wrote in the paper that is soon to be published. “The fact that they are only found in a very small fraction of stars within a narrow spectral range centered near the spectral type of the sun is also in agreement with the ETI hypothesis.”
The research has been accepted and will be published in the Journal Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. The paper is titled “Signals probably from Extraterrestrial Intelligence.”
Naturally, a few scientists have raised objections – not necessarily to the possibility of the signals not being alien, but more the way the scientists just assume that it may be. To be fair, Borra and Trottier did state that more research was needed, including studying the signals using better equipment, to rule out all other possibilities.
“The one in 10,000 objects with unusual spectra seen by Borra and Trottier are certainly worthy of additional study,” said Breakthrough Listen, a team set up to look for alien life supported by Stephen Hawking, Mark Zuckerberg, and many others. “However, extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.”
So basically, we need more research. But it is pretty cool.