We keep hearing about UFOs and how Congress is demanding more answers. Do we have visitors from another planet or do we have invasive alien nations who want to spy on us? We don’t know. What we do know is that a lot of money is being invested to do the necessary research.
What about aliens, though? The UFOs are only part of the equation. We want to know if there are aliens out there – and we’re not talking about the illegal ones who keep crossing our southern border.
It seems that more and more people are interested in what’s out there. We’ve sent people to the moon, rovers to Mars, all in search of intelligent life somewhere out in the galaxy.
Well, now it seems that there may actually be tech that will help to find alien life.
The search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) has typically been in the form of scientists pointing radio antennas at the sky, hoping for some kind of audible proof that there’s intelligent life up there.
There’s a lot of noise, and none of it indicates life. Instead, it’s from the various instruments we’ve placed in space. And there are sounds from stars dying and being born.
At some point, there has to be an alien broadcast, right? We can’t possibly be alone in the universe.
There are some fundamental issues with being able to detect alien life. We don’t know how aliens would communicate if they communicate in any kind of audible fashion at all.
Ross Davis is a specialist in information and communication sciences at Indiana University. He is willing to guess what aliens would sound like – and his knowledge is helping SETI scientists cut out all of the background noise so that the search can be narrowed.
As Davis told The Daily Beast, “All of this to help us arrive closer to the answer of one of humanity’s most important questions – is there life elsewhere in the universe?”
The study that Davis is a part of has yet to be peer-reviewed. However, it involves using a long-range microwave radio to relay messages from planet to planet, which is how a high-tech alien civilization may not only communicate but also navigate.
Davis explains that “Historically, radio SETI has searched only a small portion of the sky for technosignatures.” SETI practitioners may be able to use the new tech as a way to direct their attention to specific locations in space. This way, it eliminates a significant amount of the galaxy where it would be unlikely for aliens to make broadcasts.
We’re closing in on being able to hear the communications if they actually exist. This is exciting because it means that it may coincide with some of what the military is seeing within their own “close encounters.”
For centuries, people have stared up at the night sky and wondered about being alone. And with all that the military has seen and unclassified, it begs the question of whether the federal government has been completely honest with us. If we’re not alone, we deserve to know about it – and the research being done by SETI scientists would allow us to communicate with them if they do exist.
Many scientists and astronomers believe that there is a mathematical likelihood that there is some sort of life out there.
The science is expanding – and as Congress demands answers, we may even find that the federal government is willing to expand its funding. NASA has already identified that there are at least 5,000 planets beyond our own galaxy.
Who knows…ET phoning home may be more of a reality than we could have even imagined…