This post appeared in the Daily Mail today. In light of the info we have had on this particular planet, could this possibly mean some kind of intelligent life is out there?
An astronomer picked up a mysterious pulse of light coming from the direction of the newly discovered Earth-like planet almost two years ago, it has emerged.
Dr Ragbir Bhathal, a scientist at the University of Western Sydney, picked up the odd signal in December 2008, long before it was announced that the star Gliese 581 has habitable planets in orbit around it.
A member of the Australian chapter of SETI, the organisation that looks for communication from distant planets, Dr Bhathal had been sweeping the skies when he discovered a ‘suspicious’ signal from an area of the galaxy that holds the newly-discovered Gliese 581g.
His discovery had come just months before astronomers had announced that they had found a similar, slightly less habitable planet around the same star 20 light years away. This planet was called Gliese 581e.
I am sure many people will be looking towards Gliese 581 in the coming months and years. Who knows, perhaps we will see some other mysterious lights up there.