#Alien #EarthAliens make ‘CONTACT’ with EARTH as Russians detect deep-space signal : Signals came from near to a planet surrounding a star 95 light-years from Earth. The host star is known as HD164595 which is almost the same size as our sun.

The planet in question has been dubbed HD164595b and is roughly the same size as Neptune – a diameter of almost four times that of Earth’s. It is warm and rocky, with a year that lasts just 40 days.

The signal was detected by experts at Russia’s RATAN-600 telescope who then passed the information onto Paul Gilster, author of the Centauri Dreams website, which examines peer-reviewed research on the universe.

Have aliens just made contact? (GETTY)

Mr Gilster said the strength of the signal indicates that it came from a Kardashev Type II civilisation. The Kardashev scale is an indicator of how advanced a civilisation is – Earth is a type I that can harbour energy from our sun, whereas a Type II would be much more advanced and would be able to use all of the energy from the host star- like a Dyson Sphere, for example.

The RATAN-600 base (Wikimedia Commons)

Mr Gilster wrote on his website: “Working out the strength of the signal, the researchers say that if it came from an isotropic beacon, it would be of a power possible only for a Kardashev Type II civilisation.

“If it were a narrow beam signal focused on our Solar System, it would be of a power available to a Kardashev Type I civilisation.” While Mr Gilster was not 100 per cent confident that the signal came from aliens, he remains optimistic.

He said: “The possibility of noise of one form or another cannot be ruled out, and researchers in Paris led by Jean Schneider are considering the possible microlensing of a background source by HD164595.

“But the signal is provocative enough that the RATAN-600 researchers are calling for permanent monitoring of this target.” Astronomers at Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) were not so excited by the news however.

The planet is 95 light-years away (GETTY)

Eric Korpela of the institute said: “I was unimpressed. “Because the receivers used were making broad band measurements, there’s really nothing about this “signal” that would distinguish it from a natural radio transient.

“There’s also nothing that could distinguish it from a satellite passing through the telescope field of view. “All in all, it’s relatively uninteresting from a SETI standpoint.” Source: express

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