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China claims it has picked up alien signals, then deletes report

June 15, 2022 | Comment icon 33 comments

FAST is the largest telescope of its kind in the world. Image Credit: NAO / FAST
China's 'Sky Eye' telescope has picked up possible evidence of extraterrestrial intelligence.
News outlets today have been reporting on the intriguing claim that astronomers at China's Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) - which began efforts to scour the cosmos for signs of intelligent life back in 2020 - have picked up several 'suspicious' signals.

Two of these were recorded in 2019 and then analyzed in 2020, while a third was picked up this year during observations of extrasolar planets.

What makes these claims particularly interesting is the fact that the report - which was published in the Chinese state-backed Science and Technology Daily - has since been deleted without explanation.

Fortunately it had made its way onto social media before being removed, however details of the discoveries are thin on the ground and nobody has been quite sure what to make of them.
It's quite possible that Chinese astronomers did discover unexplained signals, however it is not a foregone conclusion that they would be extraterrestrial communications.

Perhaps the article's authors spoke too soon and decided to pull the report to avoid putting across the wrong impression, or maybe they determined that the data wasn't as promising as they thought.

Alternatively, perhaps they really did find something significant and the Chinese government wanted to keep it quiet.

Whatever the case, the incident is likely to generate some heated debate.

Source: MSN | Comments (33)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #24 Posted by badeskov 10 days ago
Why on Earth would you possibly think that some of us have that perception? What is true data? Data is data, itís only the subsequent analysis that will tell what that data actually points to.† No, just no. Just by looking at a monitor versus a dot matrix printer will not tell you that it is not radio interference at all. To make that determination requires a tedious post data analysis and noise/interference source elimination.† † You canít do that analysis on the fly as data trickles in by looking at a monitor.† Yes, interesting. But serious post data analysis is required to conclude anything... [More]
Comment icon #25 Posted by Alchopwn 8 days ago
Comment icon #26 Posted by badeskov 7 days ago
To be honest, I do not see the advantages in keeping this secret. Secondly, within the professional astronomical society whenever something abnormal is detected you reach out worldwide basically asking ďhey, can you have a look at this as we saw something strangeĒ.† † Did that happen? Cheers, Badeskov
Comment icon #27 Posted by Bed of chaos 7 days ago
So aliens went straight to the CCP? Anything else going on today, did Kim Jong Un find Bigfoot?
Comment icon #28 Posted by Trelane 7 days ago
Nah, he's on Putin's payroll.
Comment icon #29 Posted by Nobu 7 days ago
You will never see data from a communist country on anything that can give them a technological edge. The last 105 years should have demonstrated this. for meÖ itís worth noting. They found something that wasnít from the earth- unless you want to believe in this age we do not have the software to filter out noise. † cheers
Comment icon #30 Posted by badeskov 7 days ago
That is a given, we all know that. I donít think anybody is disputing that unless you happen to be part of the propaganda machine in said communist country.† it is not about believing, itís about knowing. And I know for a fact that you donít have a filter that can eliminate terrestrial noise/interference without a subsequent thorough data analysis.†It is that simple. Cheers, Badeskov
Comment icon #31 Posted by kartikg 7 days ago
I believe all governments would be having some plans in case an alien signal is detected. I think it will be first given to their military command and then they will decide how and when to pass it on.†
Comment icon #32 Posted by the13bats 7 days ago
Actually its the "Almasty" in Putin land, iirc i saw on a tabloid it was to wed ivanka and be dons 2024 running mate.
Comment icon #33 Posted by the13bats 7 days ago
Idk, seems making claims that a random "signal" from space can only be aliens is akin to saying i saw something in the woods i dont know what it really was so it must be bigfoot. † † †

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