For years, scientists have been astonished by short blasts of radio waves coming from a distant galaxy. Theoretically, these blasts could be triggered by a number of things, such as black holes, the collision of large interstellar objects or the final flares of a dead star, all of which would be a cataclysmic event, with a one-time only fast radio burst (FRB). The least popular theory was that they were artificial in origin.
Leroy Chiao has completed four missions into space and performed six spacewalks. Aliens are out there, he said.
A new study simulates how hard it would be for sentient extraterrestrials to simply overlook Earth
The blue water of Buzzards Bay glittered as boats bobbed on the gently undulating surface and gulls swooped among their sails. The seaside air at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution was thick with the sweet smell of grass and the tang of saltwater. This was late summer on Cape Cod - our ocean world at its most inviting.
A strange signal originally thought to have potentially come from aliens might actually have emerged from somewhere else entirely. Rather than being a telegram from a distant alien civilisation, the message that scientists got excited about earlier this week probably came from “terrestrial disturbance”, researchers close to the team that found the event told the Russian state news agency TASS.
Mysterious radiation that appears to come from star HD 164595 is more likely to have a terrestrial origin.
“We, indeed, discovered an unusual signal,” Alexander Ipatov, Director of the Institute of Applied Astronomy at the Russian Academy of Sciences, told TASS. “However, an additional check showed that it was emanating from a Soviet military satellite, which had not been entered into any of the catalogs of celestial bodies.”
There are ways you can contribute to large-scale research. It is old news that projects let you share your computers with SETI and protein folding experiments. But that isn’t as satisfying as doing something personally. That’s where Zooniverse comes in. They host a variety of scientific projects that collect lots of data and they need the best computers in the world to crunch the data. In case you haven’t noticed, the best computers in the world are still human brains (at least, for the moment).
Year-old notes that included a potential radio signal produced by aliens were leaked to the media last week, and they are causing scientists within the search for extraterrestrial intelligence or SETI community to race to confirm the signal blip.
The Vatican Observatory's astronomer has fun considering aliens but does it on his own time and not the Pope's, he says, ahead of speaking in Adelaide.
A candidate signal for SETI is a welcome sign that our efforts in that direction may one day pay off. An international team of researchers has announced the detection of “a strong signal in the direction of HD164595” in a document now being circulated through contact person Alexander Panov. The detection was made with the RATAN-600 radio telescope in Zelenchukskaya, in the Karachay–Cherkess Republic of Russia, not far from the border with Georgia in the Caucasus.
And that made us wonder what might happen if, by some strange luck, Proxima Centauri b were to turn out to harbor signs of intelligent life. Who do scientists tell first? Who decides how we earthlings respond? How does one have a close encounter of the bureaucratic kind?
Scientists have found the most likely planet near us for having aliens. And they’re keeping it a secret
Scientists might have found the closest ever candidate for another Earth that could support life, according to reports. But nobody will say whether it’s true. The new-found planet orbits around a now well-investigated star in Proxima Centauri, near us, according to reports. It is similar to Earth and could support life, it is claimed. The researchers that found the planet are expected to show it off at the end of this month. But until then they are saying nothing.
Here's the case for contacting aliens by sending messages into the future.
The telescope will cover 400 square degrees field of view, where 45 exoplanets in 38 planetary systems known. Radio spectra from those systems will be analysed to find the limits on the presence of narrow line emission - which could signify the presence of chemicals suitable for life.
Jupiter is often referred to as a “failed star,” leading some futurists to wonder if our descendants might set it ablaze in a process called planetary stellification. A new study suggests this is indeed theoretically possible—and that we should be on the hunt for galactic aliens who have already converted their gas giants into stellar objects.
Astronomers have just released a list of the 20 best candidates we have for a 'second Earth', saying that if we want to find life beyond the Solar System, these are our absolute best shots (that we know of).
Many scientists believe that alien civilisations exist. For them, the question is now whether we will encounter them in the near future or a very long time from now, rather than if at all.
Is there life beyond Earth? The SETI Institute and other seekers are looking.