Astronomers research suggests we have intercepted messages transmit by aliens from beyond our solar system. A paper entitled “Discovery of peculiar periodic spectral modulations in a small fraction of solar type stars” published in the journal Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific has concluded signal picked up coming from 234 star systems are “likely to be caused intellectual life rather than something natural”
Astronomers analyzed data from 2.5 million stars earlier than finding the 234 anomalies which could not otherwise be explain. Professor Stephen Hawking and his Breakthrough Listen project will now examine further the signals to sees if they really do come from alien intelligent life forms. The statement said: “We find that the detect signals have exactly the form of an space intelligence (ETI) signal predicted in the previous publication and are consequently in agreement with this hypothesis. The fact that they are only found in a very small fraction of stars within a thin spectral range centered near the spectral type of the sun is also in agreement with the ETI hypothesis.”
However, the scientific community is skeptical when it comes to these assumptions, as the data based on which the paper was published doesn’t unmistakably attribute the light signals to different civilizations. “Internationally agreed-upon protocols for searches for evidence of advanced life beyond Earth (SETI) require candidates to be confirmed by independent groups using their own telescopes, and for all natural explanations to be exhausted before invoking extraterrestrial agents as an explanation,” noted the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) report on the study. As previously observed during such scientific propositions, false positives should always be taken into consideration, which would imply finding natural and instrumental causes using more than one telescope in the process. The scientific claims are bound to be taken as premature all the more so, since one of the researchers hypothesized in 2012 that, were alien civilizations to ever contact us, it would only make sense to do it through the means of light pulses. The explanation behind this theory is that the bizarre activity would compel us to investigate the source of strange occurrence.
However scientifically accurate this hypothesis could be, conducting research with an idea in mind is never a good idea, as subconscious biases could lead the said scientist to ignore information that would otherwise perfectly explain the investigated phenomenon. This tendency can go as far as to limit the researchers’ pursuit of confirming an aprioristic theory. The SETI team has decided to get involved and analyze the outputs of the paper, while separately examining the data with at least another telescope. However, on a Rio scale, which is an established way of measuring the possibility of alien detection, this research is believed to be a 0-1 (None-Insignificant).