ET Calling

The astronomers in charge of the [email protected] project have picked something up on the dish:

This radio signal, now seen on three separate occasions, is an enigma. It could be generated by a previously unknown astronomical phenomenon. Or it could be shttp://www.blogger.com/img/gl.link.gifomething much more mundane, maybe an artefact of the telescope itself.

But it also happens to be the best candidate yet for a contact by intelligent aliens in the nearly six-year history of the [email protected] project, which uses programs running as screensavers on millions of personal computers worldwide to sift through signals picked up by the Arecibo telescope.

The frequency is at 1420 MHz, one of the frequencies at which hydrogen emits energy.

There is also the possibility that some smart hacker is making the whole thing up. Stay tuned.

Update
Well, it didn’t take long for the official denials:

[R]esearchers connected with the project told BBC News Online on Thursday that no contact with extraterrestrials had been made.

“It’s all hype and noise,” said its chief scientist, Dr Dan Wertheimer. “We have nothing that is unusual. It’s all out of proportion.”

And Dr Paul Horowitz, of Harvard University, who specialises in hunting for possible alien contacts added: “It’s not much of anything at all. We’re not investigating it further.”

So either there’s nothing to the story–or they don’t want us to know about the approaching alien fleet.

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