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Strong Deep Space Signal Discovered Could Be from an Advanced Civilization

by Shane McGlaun

Over a year ago, Russian scientists operating the RATAN-600 radio telescope discovered a very strong deep space signal. But they kept their discovery from the rest of the world until now. The story broke after journalist Paul Gilster laid hands on a research paper announcing the discovery of a “strong signal in the direction of HD164595.” This is a star in the Hercules constellation about 95 light years from Earth.

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The signal was so strong and convincing that scientists are calling for permanent monitoring of the target and SETI along with other agencies are now in on the investigation. If the signal is from a planet with intelligent life, it could be a civilization much more advanced than ours.

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A couple of scenarios are being tossed around; one suggests a Kardashev Type II civilization capable of sending out the signal out in all directions using enormous power generated by something along the lines of a Dyson sphere. The other is a Type I civilization that sent out a signal directly aimed at us. This latter option would need much less power and could be a civilization more on par with Earth.

I can’t wait to see how this investigation pans out over time and we will be looking out for more details.

[via Observer]

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Comments (13):

  1. Firstfate says:

    Or our own signal bouncing back at us from the distant past

    • Random says:

      It would take 190 year round trip for our own signal to hit what ever it is and bounce back radios wouldnt have been invented then

    • Mikp says:

      It would take 47.5 years each way for a there-and-back signal, so potentially from us

  2. MisterObvious says:

    Lol ^^^^^ I second that

  3. Rama says:

    To the other responses…That means we would’ve had to send the signal out in a 1825. I didn’t realize we had the technology to do that back then.

  4. Random says:

    Kinda crazy though that would mean those signals are 95 years old

    And for us to even reply it would take 95 years for it to get there

  5. Paul says:

    We didn’t send a signal. We only received.

  6. Manila says:

    For all we know, the signal could have been our signal bought Ving back, but bounced back through the bend in time and space. Or that signal crossed through a bend in space and time and is much less older than speculated. The signal might also be a test from a superior civilization to see what inferior civilization is out there to conquer next.

  7. Joejoe says:

    I love scify, but you read too much

  8. SleepingNinja says:

    If you think about it, the supposed planet is 95 years away(@ light speed). 95 years ago, we just invented the radio.. right around the 1930s; late 1920s. If the signal is coming from a more advanced civilization, it’s possible that their transmissions could be instant whereas they’re just receiving our first radio waves which would be arriving 95 years from the day radios were invented; which should be right around today, give or take a couple years. So in actuality, they’re the ones they’re waiting 95 years to receive our message. Just a thought from the opposite perspective

  9. Nardy says:

    If it’s indeed a signal for other (advanced) civilization, we better be careful of what we’re sending back to them…could go both ways

  10. Tavbashtavbash says:

    I didn’t know radio signals travel at the speed of light?! It takes much longer than 95 years for any civilization to get the signal.

  11. NoConspiracy says:

    Too bad the human lifespan is only about 80 years and it takes 95 years to get any kind of an answer. The questions we are asking and the replies that we receive will only matter to our grandchildren. Will they even care?

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