The international team of astronomers searching for alien life, Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence (METI) has said that what the Russians have detected is remarkable, and could possibly lead to the discovery of alien life.
The Italian astronomer, Claudio Maccone, who together with his team has been studying the signal the Russians, announced the signal as a “strong candidate for SETI.” Maccone said whenever a strong signal is detected, it is a possibility for nearby civilizations to be detected.
President of METI, Douglas Vakoch said if the signal is found to be artificial, it will prove that there is life somewhere, apart from what exists here on Earth.
“The signal from HD 164595 is intriguing, because it comes from the vicinity of a sun-like star, and if it’s artificial, its strength is great enough that it was clearly made by a civilization with capabilities beyond those of humankind,” he told CNN in an interview.
Mr Vakoch further said, despite the interest the detection has sparked among the astronomy community, astronomers need to come together and analyze the detection to make the findings more credible. He said: “Without corroboration from an independent observatory, a putative signal from extraterrestrials doesn’t have a lot of credibility.”
Paul Gilster of the Tau Zero Foundation, which conducts interstellar research, also told CNN that if the signal was artificial, its strength suggested it would have to come from a civilization more advanced than what is currently on Earth.
Mr Gilster revealed such a civilization is likely to be Type II on the Kardashev scale. The Kardashev scalewas invented by Russian astronomer, Nikolai Kardashev, for the measuring of the level of technological advancement of civilization based on the amount of energy a civilization is able to use for communication.
According to experts, at present, the human species is somewhere near Type I on the scale, whereby a civilization can harness the energy available on its own planet, including solar, wind, earthquakes, and other fuels. It is said a Type II civilization would be able to harness the entirety of the energy emitted by its star, billions of billions of watts.
Recently, the German investigative weekly news magazine, Der Spiegel revealed that researchers at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) have discovered a new Earth-like planet with water. Several attempts by journalists to have the ESO confirm or deny the report by Der Spiegel proved futile, prompting some Conspiracy Theorists to say the organization has discovered a planet inhabited by aliens, and is hiding it from the public.