Earlier in the week, Russian astronomers have detected a “surprisingly strong” signal source in a galaxy 94 light years away.
The signals were perceived as a message from very advanced aliens. The power of the signals and the frequency all pointed towards the alien theory.
According to Kardashev, a famous astronomer, civilizations are divided into two types:
A type I civilization is at a stage similar to where we are today: we can use and store solar power, but we still use fossils for fuel. We will be a complete type I when we switch to renewable energy completely.
A type II civilization is supposed to completely master the sun energy. We can’t do this with current technology, and it’s more like a fun thought-provoking exercise.
However, the strength of the signal suggested a huge energy output something which is beyond us. And will be beyond we can do for a long time.
But after a while, the Russians have found that the mysterious signal originated on Earth. After carefully analyzing the signal, they revealed it belongs to a Russian military satellite that people had no idea it was there. The soviet-era satellite was not cataloged, so the signal seemed to come from nowhere.
Astronomers from the Search for Extraterrestrial Life Institute and the Russian Academy of Sciences will continue to be on the look-out for alien signals.
The news may seem disappointing, or relieving. That largely depends on what you believe about alien intelligence.
So far, scientists have come up with many reasons why aliens aren’t contacting us. The list includes reasons like:
- Our civilization is very young, at a space scale. So other life forms have not had time to develop. That would mean we are, for now, alone in the Universe.
- We are located way too far away for aliens to be able to contact us.
- Advanced civilizations have the ability of self-destroying – think of a large-scale nuclear war. That would mean our days are numbered, as a species. And once we reach a certain point in development, we’re gone.
- Other reasons on the list include the fact that the aliens could be still evolving, from simpler life forms, like microscope organisms on other planets or that they wouldn’t want to make contact with us. Not much surprise there!
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