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Thursday, June 16, 2022

FAST Chinese Radio Telescope Detects Alien Signals

Noted comparision to US Arecebo Radio telescope, recently damaged.     Good complex data gathering example.  

Chinese Scientists Might Have Detected Signals From Alien Civilizations (Updated)  In ExtremeTech

By Ryan Whitwam on June 15, 2022 

The search for extraterrestrial intelligence has been ongoing for decades, but there’s still no definitive proof that someone else is out there. That doesn’t mean we are bereft of evidence, though. Astronomers occasionally spot something unusual but inconclusive, which is how we’d classify the latest report from China’s Extraterrestrial Civilization Research Group at Beijing Normal University. The team has detected an anomalous transmission using the enormous FAST radio observatory that could be evidence of alien intelligence. 

What little information we have comes from the state-controlled Science and Technology Daily, which reported on the discovery this week. The site reports that researchers using the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope (FAST) identified several narrow-band electromagnetic signals consistent with what we would expect to see from an artificial source. 

If there is someone beaming signals into the great beyond out there, FAST would be an ideal way to detect that. The observatory began operation in 2016, becoming the largest radio telescope in the world. It’s physically larger than the now-defunct Arecibo dish, and it has a larger sky observation area along with 19 beams that can watch different parts of the sky simultaneously.  .... ' 

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