AI Finds Signals in Telescope Data That Could be of Alien Origin

AI Finds Signals in Telescope Data That Could be of Alien Origin

As the search for extraterrestrial life continues, one of the latest discoveries has the scientific community abuzz. No, it’s not a spaceship landing on the White House lawn or a message from ET himself, but something just as exciting – signals that could be of alien origin!

Scientists have detected strange signals using a radio telescope, and they think they may represent a message from an alien race. In other words, aliens could be waving at us!

Imagine, a whole new world of possibilities, the excitement of a friendly alien species waving at us from the depths of space! It’s like when you wave hello to a stranger and they wave back, but on a galactic scale.

The possible waves were overlooked

A machine learning-based selection method has been applied to data from the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank radio telescope by SETI Breakthrough in their search for radio waves indicating the presence of alien civilizations.

The system identified 100 times more patterns than previously noticed and eight signals were considered sufficiently interesting to prompt further investigation. Despite no strong indications of alien life yet, the sensitivity of the system has encouraged the team. This is just a tiny portion of humanity’s radio telescope recordings, highlighting the limitations of previous searches for extraterrestrial life.

Dr. Franck Marchis of SETI and one of the study’s authors wrote in an email to IFLScience:

It is a pity that, despite attempts reported by the team, these signals could not be confirmed by other instruments,

The MLc1 and MLc7 signals are very interesting because they were recorded on two different dates, suggesting that they are not known interference if they are terrestrial in nature. Such a discovery requires confirmation by other instruments before we can be sure that we have detected extraterrestrial life. Nevertheless, this scientific result shows that it is now possible to announce this kind of detection quickly enough to do the necessary follow-up.

The new findings appear in Nature Astronomy.

Cristian Antonescu

Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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