According to a recently posted and later deleted report by Chinese scientists, China is claiming that its giant “Sky Eye” telescope may have received trace signals from a distant alien civilization.
Astronomers from Beijing Normal University have discovered “potential technological traces from outside Earth and several cases of extraterrestrial civilizations,” according to a report published on Tuesday (June 14). science and technology dailyThe official newspaper of the Ministry of Science and Technology of China.
The signals were picked up by China’s Five Hundred Meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST), nicknamed “Sky Eye”, the world’s largest radio telescope.
Sky Eye was tasked with scanning deep space for radio signals that could indicate extraterrestrial life in 2019; Scrutinizing that data in 2020, researchers said they saw two suspicious narrow-band, possibly artificial radio signals.
Then, in 2022, a targeted survey of known exoplanets found another strange narrow-band radio signal, bringing the tally to three.
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Since the signals are narrow-band radio waves typically used only by manned aircraft and satellites, they could have been produced by foreign technology. However, the scientists say their findings are preliminary and should be taken with caution until the analysis is complete.
“These are several narrow-band electromagnetic signals different from the past, and the team is currently working on further investigations,” said lead scientist Zhang Tongji of the China Extraterrestrial Civilization Research Group at Beijing Normal University. science and technology daily,
“The suspicion that the suspicious signal is some kind of radio interference is also very high, and this needs to be further confirmed and ruled out. This can be a lengthy process.”
Following its publication, the report rapidly began to circulate on the Chinese social media network Weibo and was picked up by several other government outlets. The reasons for its abrupt removal are not clear.
The signs aren’t the first time scientists have been amazed by radio waves from deep space.
In August 1977, a SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) discovery made by The Ohio State University’s Big Ear Telescope picked up an incredibly strong, minute-long, electromagnetic explosion that erupted at a frequency the scientists suspected. that could be used by alien civilizations.
Seeing the signal on the data printout, Jerry Ehman, a scientist working with the telescope that night, hurriedly said “Whoa!” In red pen on the page, giving the identity its famous name.
Subsequent discoveries in the same region of space have all returned empty-handed, and subsequent research has suggested that the signal may have come from a Sun-like star located in the constellation Sagittarius, Live Science previously reported. Nonetheless, the source of the signal is still a mystery.
Chinese astronomers have been keen to rule out radio interference as it has made alien-hunting scientists famous in recent times. In 2019, astronomers saw a signal to Earth from Proxima Centauri — the star system closest to our Sun (sitting about 4.2 light-years away) and home to at least one potentially habitable planet.
The signal was a narrow-band radio wave typically associated with man-made objects, leading scientists to entertain the exciting possibility that it came from alien technology.
However, new studies released two years later suggested that the signal most likely originated from a human technology malfunction, as previously reported by Live Science.
Similarly, another well-known set of signals once came from aliens that, detected between 2011 and 2014, were actually created by scientists microwaving their lunches.
Tonzi said his team plans to make repeated observations of the strange signals to conclusively rule out any radio interference and to obtain as much information as possible about them.
“We look forward to [FAST telescope] Being the first to discover and confirm the existence of extraterrestrial civilizations,” said Tongji science and technology daily,
The discrepancy between the scope and age of the universe and the apparent lack of intelligent life-forms beyond Earth – called the Fermi paradox – has long puzzled scientists.
The paradox takes its name from the casual lunch time of Nobel Prize-winning physicist Enrico Fermi, who, after contemplating the puzzle, famously remarked, “So where is everyone?”
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