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SETI is investigating 'interesting' signal

Posted on Tuesday, 30 August, 2016 | Comment icon 21 comments

Has an alien signal been picked up or is it something more mundane ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 John Fowler
Astronomers are attempting to determine the nature of a strange signal picked up by a Russian telescope.
First detected over a year ago, the anomalous signal, which is thought to originate 94 light years away in a solar system known as HD 164595, wasn't even reported at all until relatively recently.

Now Seth Shostak of the SETI Institute ( Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence ) has revealed that efforts are underway to investigate the signal for signs that it might have come from aliens.

HD 164595 itself certainly doesn't seem like a particularly promising place to look, especially considering that its one and only known planet is a large and inhospitable Neptune-like world.

Nonetheless, it remains possible that there may be other, smaller planets orbiting the star.

Whether the signal really is coming from intelligent extraterrestrials however remains to be seen.

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Tags: SETI, Signal

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #12 Posted by Future_Ikann on 31 August, 2016, 12:28
Update from SETI Institute website.  August 30, 2016 We spent a second day looking for radio emission from HD 164595, this time stepping across the radio dial to cover all the frequencies observed by the Russian astronomers. We failed to see any signal greater than 0.1 Janskys in a bandwidth of 100 MHz, whereas the claim by the Russians was a signal of 0.75 Janskys. Despite the fact that it would be both exciting and enticing to say that this signal was really from aliens inhabiting HD 164595, that would be an unwarranted assertion given the inability to confirm this signal. In the SETI busine... [More]
Comment icon #13 Posted by Thorvir Hrothgaard on 31 August, 2016, 15:11
Comment icon #14 Posted by BeastieRunner on 31 August, 2016, 15:57
For starters, it probably wouldn't be a one-off anomaly.
Comment icon #15 Posted by White Unicorn on 31 August, 2016, 16:22
I saw  NBC news yesterday  make the announcement of the signal picked up by Russia. They said if it was made by aliens they would be more advanced then us. They said SETI was going to monitor the area.  Any idea where NBC got that idea? Is it just because we are picking up on an old signal? NBC didn't give many details but eluded to the signal being alien and more advanced than us. I thought it was a very weird media breaking news announcement to make or is it just me?
Comment icon #16 Posted by paperdyer on 31 August, 2016, 18:23
Here's the yahoo news link in case anyone is interested
Comment icon #17 Posted by Clair on 1 September, 2016, 0:32
UPDATE Russian scientists are now saying that the signal had an earthly cause.
Comment icon #18 Posted by qxcontinuum on 1 September, 2016, 4:12
because this is what is usually happens. We all get excited by some mysterious news and under the promise will hear more about , it just dies nothing is heard about it again ... 
Comment icon #19 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 1 September, 2016, 5:43
That is not answering the question in any kind of logical or intelligent way (no change there then). You have claimed: you made this claim AFTER the information was made public. Surely even you can see just how moronic your claim is. And who is getting excited?  Are you actually able to understand the majority of posts in this topic explaining why this isn't exciting?
Comment icon #20 Posted by third_eye on 1 September, 2016, 6:05
  If it was Malaysia Celebrating the National Day a bit too vociferously ... I most sincerely apologise on behalf of Malaysia ... ~
Comment icon #21 Posted by Emma_Acid on 5 September, 2016, 12:46
Probably because there's nothing else to hear.

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