Two Canadian scientists report seeing messages from space and have deduced that these signals are likely coming from alien life forms.
The two scientists from the University of Laval in Quebec, Canada, E.F. Borra and E. Trottier, report:
“We find that the detected signals have exactly the shape of an [extraterrestrial intelligence] signal predicted in the previous publication and are therefore in agreement with this hypothesis. The fact that they are only found in a very small fraction of stars within a narrow spectral range centered near the spectral type of the sun is also in agreement with the ETI hypothesis.”
So what is makes these two scientists believe aliens are calling to us humans?
According to the pair, they have seen what they describe as “strange modulations” from stars. These “strange” and “very specific” modulations come from 234 out of 2.5 million stars, which the pair believe are aliens attempting to alert humans of their existence.
The pair’s research has been published under the title “Discovery of peculiar periodic spectral modulations in a small fraction of solar type stars” in the academic journal Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.
Although these claims are incredibly exciting, the pair and their team do acknowledge that there is still a lot of work to be done before it can be confirmed or denied that these signals really are the work of extra-terrestrials.
For example, the team will need to go back and look at these modulations on a variety of equipment before deciding that these signals are not just flukes of the original equipment they used. If that is the case, the whole hypothesis may be, indeed, discarded.
The team said in a statement about the findings and whether or not they were without a shadow of doubt coming from alien life forms:
“It is too early to unequivocally attribute these purported signals to the activities of extraterrestrial 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.
“Careful work must be undertaken to determine false positive rates, to rule out natural and instrumental explanations, and most importantly, to confirm detections using two or more independent telescopes.”