University of California-Berkeley scientists have taken the first step in an attempt to decipher signals they believe could have been sent by aliens.
New research from the university’s Kepler team, a division of the Mountain View, Calif.-based Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) project, suggests that certain radio signals picked up by the project’s telescope may have been transmitted by extraterrestrials.
“These signals look similar to what we think might be produced from an extraterrestrial technology,” researchers wrote on the project’s website Friday.
“They are narrow in frequency, much narrower than would be produced by any known astrophysical phenomena, and they drift in frequency with time, as we would expect because of the Doppler effect imposed by the relative motion of the transmitter and the receiving radio telescope.”
But scientists conducting the research were quick to point out that the signals could — and likely do — mean nothing.
“It’s not fair to say we’ve taken the very first step in finding extraterrestrials. I think it’s fair to say that we made some progress in the analysis of the new data,” said Andrew Siemion, a University of California-Berkeley Ph.D. candidate and lead researcher on the study.
Other astronomers also stressed that the signals detected could very well be telecommunications signals sent by a familiar species — us.
“They’re definitely picking up an intelligent species, but one that’s likely well known to us — ourselves,” said Dr. Seth Shostak, a SETI senior astronomer.
“This is very common. It would require quite a bit of follow-up to determine whether it’s E.T. or just AT&T.”
The controversial signal received from interstellar space in 1977 remains a puzzle and as yet, defies a natural explanation, an expert has said.
Researchers working at the Big Ear radio observatory at Ohio State University in 1977 discovered a record of a signal received from deep space.
“It’s called the ‘Wow’ signal because it wasn’t heard or picked up at the time. It was in the computer record which in those days was printed out on sheets of paper,” Professor Paul Davies told News24.
Davies is the chair of the Seti (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence): Post-Detection Science and Technology Taskgroup of the International Academy of Astronautics and a professor at Arizona State University.
“It was a rather long pulse; it wasn’t a blip. It’s never been satisfactorily explained as a natural phenomenon,” he said.
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Legendary Alien Abduction Researchers – Budd Hopkins – Author, Researcher and John Mack, M.D. – Harvard Professor of Psychiatry, come together to discuss what they believe is happening to people who report experiences of being abducted by Aliens and taken aboard their craft. Get the facts in this rare and heart felt presentation. Originally taped in 1997.
40-year-old Giovanna Podda who claims she was raped by aliens has told how she has been forced to flee her home and her job after neighbours branded her a liar.
Giovanna Podda from Gennargentu, Sardinia, Italy, is in hiding after she told an Italian TV programme that she had been abducted and abused by aliens who left phosphor burns and marks on her body.
Podda said: “I informed the police but they laughed at me. Nobody believes me but I believe many women have been raped by aliens and they are too scared to come forward and confess.”
She added: “I want to be a spokeswoman for other victims and to urge them to come forward.”