Mysterious ET Radio Waves Detected

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SETI (Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence) has been searching for intelligent life in the universe for more than 50 years.  Although some interesting anomalies have been detected, nothing conclusive has been found yet.  Recently, SETI installed a new infrared telescope called NIROSETI (Near-Infrared Optical Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) at University of California’s Lick Observatory.  With this new installation, scientists will be able to observe and detect potential alien civilizations thousands of light years away (much farther than the existing radio wave technology).

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Lick Observatory, University of California

Scientists around the world are constantly sifting through data, like finding a needle in a haystack.  Telescopes are picking up FRBs (fast radio bursts) which last a few milliseconds and give off about the equivalent of a month’s worth of energy from the Sun.  So far, 10 have been detected.  Currently, no one knows what causes them.  Ordinary star bursts are counted out because of the speed at which the signals are recorded.  These signals equal about the size of hundreds of kilometers across…at most.  What we currently know about cosmic physics cannot explain this phenomena.

[highlight]The Dispersion Measure[/highlight]

Electrons in space scatter where higher frequency waves travel faster than lower frequency waves.  The more it travels, the greater the span (the dispersion measure) between higher and lower frequencies.

[blockquote]In this case, all 10 bursts gave off the exact same number…187.5.[/blockquote]

The possibilities could range from unmapped spy satellites to intelligent life emitting radio waves to the universe.  If these signals come from intelligent life outside of Earth, it would not be the most economical way to send a message.  These signals would require an immense amount of energy to reach us, if they were coming from outside of the Milky Way.  If they were within our own Milky Way, then they wouldn’t require as much energy.  But, all in all, the energy emitting from these FRBs are immense.

[highlight]The Kardashev Scale[/highlight]

The Kardashev Scale is a hypothetical scale involving a Type I, II, and III.

Type I

Similar to our current technological level here on Earth.

Type II

Technology from a civilization utilizing the entire energy and radiation from its own star.

Type III

Technology from a civilization potentially utilizing energy from its own galaxy (about the size of the Milky Way).

In order for such a civilization to output FRBs to us, they would need to be the equivalent of a Type II civilization.

 

 

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Andrew Bliss is an award winning film maker and photographer with experience in writing, directing, producing, editing, and visual effects. He has lived all over the world including Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Italy. He is a first generation Indonesian and a second generation Fin. He has over six years experience as a US Navy broadcast journalist. While in the Navy, he graduated top of his class, won several awards for his work in Europe and Africa, managed Marines at Combat Camera at the Pentagon, and produced a feature film. The film was produced in Italy while on active duty.

Prior to serving in the Navy, Andrew was a professional martial artist with numerous awards including Athlete of the Year (1999), International Champion (two years in a row), and was the first competitor to place first in seven events in international competition (two years in a row). He trained with the prestigious Beijing Wushu team and has over ten years experience as a coach and mentor.

After serving in the Navy, he taught for Apple, made several award winning short films, and earned a degree in Interactive Design. He is also an alumnus of the USC School of Cinematic Arts.