Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Mysterious Alien Signal Turns Out to Be Terrestrial Disturbance

The RATAN-600 radio telescope in Zelenchukskaya, Russia. Credit: Timur Agirov

An unusual signal registered by the RATAN-600 radio telescope at the Zelenchukskaya observatory in the North Caucasus Republic of Karachay-Cherkessia is a terrestrial disturbance rather than a sound from an unearthly civilization, telescope researcher Yulia Sotnikova told TASS on Tuesday. Earlier it was reported that the telescope possibly registered a signal from an extraterrestrial civilization sent from a stellar system HD 164595 in the constellation Hercules.

"Last and this year, the telescope’s work has focused on searching for sun-like stars," Sotnikova said.

"There have been no scientific results within the framework of this research so far. Some time ago, in the spring of this year, an unusual signal was received but its analysis showed that it was most likely a terrestrial disturbance," she noted, adding that the observatory was preparing the text of an official disclaimer to dismiss media reports on the discovery of a signal from an unearthly civilization.

Director of the Institute of Applied Astronomy at the Russian Academy of Sciences Alexander Ipatov told TASS that back at the Soviet period he had been part of a group of young astronomers at the special astrophysical observatory searching for signals from extraterrestrial civilizations.

"We, indeed, discovered an unusual signal. However, an additional check showed that it was emanating from a Soviet military satellite, which had not been entered into any of the catalogs of celestial bodies," Ipatov said.

Researchers with the RATAN-600 radio telescope picked up an unusual microwave transmission on May 15, 2015, operating at a wavelength of 2.7 cm – approximately 11 GHz – whose source appears to be the Sun-like star HD 164595, located some 94 light years away.

"So what’s the bottom line? Could it be another society sending a signal our way? Of course, that’s possible. However, there are many other plausible explanations for this claimed transmission – including terrestrial interference. Without a confirmation of this signal, we can only say that it’s 'interesting.'" said Seth Shostak, Senior Astronomer at the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute.

The star is known to host one planet. This exoplanet is likely "Neptune-like," approximately 4% the mass of Jupiter. With a 40-day orbit, that body is likely too hot to harbor life, but undetected planets could also exist in the system. 

The SETI Institute used the Allen Telescope Array in northern California to track the star. They saw nothing, but will conduct further observations.

3 comments:

  1. I strongly disagree with this narrative. Folks in Russia don't get it wrong. They get it right the first time; they had better so. They're already debunking and skewing this; and I don't believe a minute of it. Russian astronomers don't tell lies. They could incur serious repercussions for lying to their citizens. Russian and all developed nations that have advanced equipment for detecting 'false radio noise; scatter; burst and clutter'. THEY HEARD SOMETHING. Let the coverup begin. Let the laughter begin. Idiots.
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  2. Don't you get it? Don't you folks see what is going on? First the 'signal', then the naysayers then the arguments. All the guessing games. I was, it wasn't. This is what they want: a coverup. They just can't come out, jut in the nick of time and say 'radio signal' this would be too obvious. The Russians, on face, my deny and retract, but behind the scenes they're playing a different card. THIS IS TO WET OUR APPETITE. To stimulate a discussion. Eventually THER'RE WILL BE FULL DISCLOSURE, And this is the determining factor ,the decisive one. This articl is stating that Russia doesn't know where their satellites are, but we do. BS.
    COMMENT By Wayne Herman

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  3. The Russian military doesn't tell Russian scientists where all their satellites are, especially those in high orbits where even the US has trouble tracking them. And newer models have been switching to packet burst transmissions to help them evade tracking by other countries. We can't use Doppler Shift as a clue because we don't know the original frequency. We can only hope that listening harder may pick up a similar burst, either elsewhere on the celestial sphere [indications of 'local' human spacecraft] or at the SAME point [indication of a genuine very distant source]. No coverup, just caution. And no, astronauts and cosmonauts do NOT see UFOs out their windows but lie about that, too.

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