Alien hunters capture first serious candidate for an extraterrestrial communication

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mysterious alien signal coming from Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the sun
Alien hunters capture mysterious alien signal coming from Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the sun. Picture from the Parks telescope by CSIRO/PR IMAGE

Just a few weeks after the permanent closing of the Arecibo Observatory’s alien hunting telescope, another spyglass captured an alien signal that appears to have come from the direction of Proxima Centauri, the nearest star to the sun.

What is the new tantalising signal?

According to still undisclosed data, the new signal is a narrow beam of 980 MHz radio waves detected in April and May 2019 at the Parkes telescope in Australia.

The 980 MHz frequency is important because that band of radio waves is typically lacking signals from human-made craft and satellites.

The mysterious alien message appeared once and was never detected again and appears to have come directly from the Proxima Centauri system, just 4.2 light-years from Earth.

The signal reportedly shifted slightly while it was being observed, in a way that resembled the shift caused by the movement of a planet. Proxima Centauri has one known rocky world 17% larger than Earth, and one known gas giant.

mysterious alien signal coming from Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the sun
A new weird space signal from Proxima Centauri has been captured by astronomers. Picture: ESO/M. Kornmesser/Reuters

The first serious candidate for an alien communication

An unnamed source with apparent access to the data on this signal said “It is the first serious candidate for an alien communication since the ‘Wow! Signal.’

And for Penn State University’s Sofia Sheikh, who led the analysis of the signal for Breakthrough Listen: “It’s the most exciting signal that we’ve found in the Breakthrough Listen project, because we haven’t had a signal jump through this many of our filters before.

So do you think this signal is an alien message or communication? Or was it just emitted by some unknown natural sources of radio waves in the universe? I hope we will discover these ETs soon!

More mysterious space phenomena on The Guardian, Scientific American, Live Science, Strange Sounds and Steve Quayle.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. That’s good. Let’s see what’s hidden in Antarctica. Especially, below ground.
    Radio signals just don’t do it for me. I want to see something tangible.

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