(ORDO NEWS) — Astronomers searching for radio signals from extraterrestrial civilizations have found an “intriguing signal” in the direction of Proxima Centauri, the closest star system to the Sun, The Guardian reported ahead of the New Year holidays.
Researchers are currently preparing a scientific paper to analyze this signal, and have not provided official comments, according to The Guardian. However, according to unofficial information, the received signal is a narrow beam of radio waves at a frequency of 980 megahertz, which was recorded in April and May 2019 using the telescope. Parks, located in Australia.
Telescope them. Parks is part of the $ 100 million Breakthrough Listen project, which aims to search for radio signals from extrasolar man-made space sources. This signal at 980 MHz appeared once and was never repeated. This frequency is of great importance for these searches, since human-built spacecraft and satellites practically do not work on it.
The Breakthrough Listen project detects unusual radio signals quite often – a large number of radio waves propagate and reflect between sources of terrestrial origin, the Sun and sources located outside the solar system.
However, this signal came precisely from the direction of Proxima Centauri, a system located at a distance of 4.2 light years from Earth. Even more intriguing is the fact that the signal, according to unofficial sources, experienced a slight drift during the time it was observed, which is reminiscent of the drift of the signal emitted from the planet’s surface due to the orbital motion of the planet itself. The Proxima Centauri system has one rocky planet 17 percent larger than Earth and one gas giant.
According to The Guardian, one researcher with access to the data, who does not disclose his name, said: “This is the first time since the famous Wow signal in 1977 that we see something that really resembles the transmission of information from extraterrestrial civilization “.
It should be noted, however, that many different processes occurring in our Universe are accompanied by the emission of radio waves at different frequencies that can simulate artificial radio signals.
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