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“The sudden burst of radio energy lasted only 0.005 seconds,
and had spectral characteristics that suggested that it was from a distant galaxy,
probably billions of light-years from us." - Seth Shostak, Ph.D., SETI Institute
Originally posted by forestlady
Unless they're able to travel faster than the speed of light. Which they may well be able to do.
Other vexing time-sink: Bogus news reports that we found a "mystery" signal should be summarily ignored. This was a gross misinterpretation by a reporter of an quick comment Dan made off the record about AstroPulse progress and recently published millisecond pulsar findings by another group. These are new stellar phenomena which are astronomically interesting (and AstroPulse hopes to find many of) but not ET. Sigh.
Meanwhile, Seth Shostak of the SETI Institute, said he was hopeful that future technical advances will eventually point scientists in the right direction. ‘I'm cautiously optimistic we'll find something by the year 2025,’ Shostak said.”
Originally posted by TrueAmerican
Well, so much for that... The link at KTVU-TV displayed this:
Article Not Available
The story you are trying to view is no longer available through this Web site.
And the media blackout begins?
Originally posted by MrAndy
Whoa wait a second, wasn't there a member on here a few days ago that said he picked up a single?
Originally posted by Blaine91555
reply to post by benevolent tyrant
Thank you for the info. I suspected as much. Good luck getting everyone to believe it though.
Originally posted by thelibra
In all likelihood, this was almost certainly some sort of stellar explosion, galactic collision, or something else that could easily produce some radio -wave noise burst.
Since the burst was seen only once, it is as yet unclear what produced it, although many scientists suspect that it was caused by the collision of two highly dense neutron stars. Radio astronomers are planning a search for more such radio bursters, as they may be a new (and clearly interesting) type of natural phenomenon.
I talked with my buddy Seth Shostak, who is a Senior SETI astronomer, and he told me that this whole alien signal thing is a big misunderstanding on the part of the KTVU reporter.
Basically, Dan Wertheimer, a radio astronomer who is affiliated with SETI, detected a pulse from space. The source is certainly extragalactic, and is most likely some sort of natural event. It’s unclear exactly what kind of event, but there is a long list of things it could be. Aliens phoning us is pretty far down that list.
Originally posted by rhynouk
So if a signal was found or has even been found do you think we would ever hear about it,i don't think we would because this article changed it's tune after a while as if they were told to do so.