Astrophysicist Lucianne Walkowicz believes that there could be something obvious we are missing.
Conventionally the search for intelligent alien civilizations has involved listening out for signals, but what if a sufficiently advanced alien race had found a way to use the flicker patterns of their own star to communicate a message ? This is the premise on which Walkowicz is basing new research designed to determine if there could be messages in the heavens that we've been missing all along.
Walkowicz and her team will be examining the archives from the Kepler mission to look for 'winking' stars and then use complex software algorithms to identify any unusual patterns. "We’ll get all sorts of things we understand," she said. "But we’ll also be looking for things that aren’t matched by well-known physical processes."
"The odds of a discovery with Walkowicz’s project may be long, but the search technique is quite straightforward."
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Source: Time Magazine
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