Are We Receiving Radio Signals from an Alien Race?

No, I’m not going to segue into a discussion of the entirely inhuman and alien ideas promulgated by left-wingers, though it would be fitting. No, I am talking about real radio signals from space. We are getting them, but we don’t know what they are, where they are coming from, and how they are produced. Are they signals from aliens?

Well, the truth is, we just don’t know. But that they could be alien signals is tantalizing, indeed. And scientists say there is no way to rule out that possibility.

So, what am I talking about? Well, it seems that scientists are finally agreeing that we have been receiving an occasional radio bust now called an FRB–which stands for Fast Radio Bursts.

Originating from billions of light-years away, these FRBs are only milliseconds long, but they are radio signals that astronomers cannot identify.

The first one was noticed in 1967 by British astronomer Jocelyn Bell Burnell. The next one was recorded in 2007 and it was so strange that most scientists felt that it was just a malfunction of the equipment that noticed it. For years the astronomy community argued back and forth about these FRBs and even when a few more were observed no one could quite agree if it was a real phenomenon or if it was just malfunctioning equipment.

However, with the latest recording of an FRB, astronomers are now coming into agreement that these things do exist. There has been too many of them, now, to assume it is a fleeting malfunction.

But what are they? On that there is nothing close to a consensus.

Some feel they are the radio emissions of flaring stars. Others say they are white dwarfs merging, or neutron stars colliding, or even a collapsing blitzar. And then there is the biggie: alien signals.

The thing is, the idea that these FRBs are alien broadcasts isn’t rejected out of hand because there’s just no reason they couldn’t be alien signals.

The fact is, no one knows and there isn’t any way to assess probabilities, so little is known.

So, do I think they are alien signals? I shrug and say probably not, but it is intriguing, nonetheless.

I tend not to believe that there is intelligent life elsewhere in the universe. In fact, I struggle to find it here! I also reject that aliens ever visited the Earth But, like I said, there are no facts that would discount an alien source for these FRBs.

So, what do you all think? Is ET phoning us?

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  • jim_m

    Alien races aren’t even receiving our signals. Radio waves do not simply go on forever, they eventually become so weak that they blend into the background radiation.

    As radio signals leave earth, they propagate out in a wave form. Just like dropping a stone in a lake, the waves diffuse or “spread out” over distance thanks to the exponentially larger area they must encompass. The area can be calculated by multiplying length times width which is why we measure it in square units – square centimeters, square miles, etc. This means that the further away from the source, the more square units of area a signal has to ‘illuminate’.

    Since the nearest star, Proxima Centauri, is 4.24 light years away, it is unlikely that even it is close enough to be able to detect any signal emanating from earth.

    Sure radio waves can be focused and then travel much further, but then in those cases you are aiming at something. Why would aliens be aiming multiple FRB’s at us when they likely don’t even know we are here? This is just lazy science and evidence that the science community has become filled with idiots and slackers.

    • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

      For a point source EM radiation strength varies as the power at the transmitter divided by the square of the distance from transmitter to receiver.

      • jim_m

        That’s what my source said, but they said it in layman’s terms.

        Still, the point is that these s0-called scientists are making stupid assumptions, seeking notoriety rather than actually doing science and figuring out why the universe is the way it is. I blame Carl Sagan.

  • jim_m

    Funny. People will believe that these signals come from aliens even though there is no evidence that they are or that aliens even exist, yet the scientists proposing these ideas will militate against the existence of God because there is no evidence that He exists. Kind of makes you wonder whether it is religion that they oppose or just other religions.

  • Vagabond661

    Reminds me of the movie “Frequency”. good flick if you haven’t seen it.

  • Vagabond661

    Reminds me of the movie “Frequency”. good flick if you haven’t seen it.

  • LiberalNightmare

    Whatever it is, Im sure that its caused by global warming.

    • Retired military

      And is Bush’s fault.

  • Retired military

    Obama Biden Pelosi Reid and Chico are proof of intelligent alien life. They left them back here on earth.

  • JWH

    It’s thetans!!

  • Paul Hooson

    Because solar systems are too far apart from each other that may support life, it is entirely possible if life exists on another solar system that they could attempt to use some sort of space probes to emit signals in hopes that some communication could be established with other planets and science and ideas exchanged. It might me entirely possible that no known propulsion system exists where civilizations will ever be able to meet because of the distances in space, so the communication via signals might become the only form of communication ever to exist.

    • jim_m

      This is not communication. The tiny fractions of an arc that would be required to align to(in other words with the earth so very far away the alignment would have to be extremely precise), mean that any such random broadcasts would be futile in the extreme. What you are suggesting is that someone is broadcasting these random messages and that they are by coincidence being aimed here because there is no way they could know that we are here. And when I say random, what I mean is that they are randomly picking sections of the sky to point this in and we just happen to be in the line of sight. The odds against such an alignment are like winning every Megamillions lottery drawing for a year.

      People scoff at the idea of God but they fall hook, line and sinker for this crap.

      • Brucehenry

        And demon possession. And preference cascades.

        • jim_m

          Preference cascades do exist and have been documented before. It is merely a descriptive term for human behavior. You may disagree with the description but the events described still happened. Predicting them is another thing.

          • Brucehenry

            Some of these are jokes, ladies and gentlemen.

          • jim_m

            I wouldn’t lump descriptions of human behavior in with the belief that aliens and demon possession are real.

          • Brucehenry

            Oh my God

          • Paul Hooson

            After my own father died at home, this house was difficult to sell because both the real estate agent as well as a renter reported seeing the spirit of my father walk the halls and go to his bedroom. I never saw anything myself but three different people described my father that had never seen him before based on this image they saw.

          • Commander_Chico

            I hope you hired a different real estate agent.

          • Paul Hooson

            I did. I never saw anything in this house too unusual in 45 years in the house. Some unexplained noises once in a while, but I figured it was the foundation settling or something.

          • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

            You are, at any rate.

  • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

    I’ve had SETI@Home running on my computers for years – taking recordings from the Arecibo radio telescope and analyzing them to see if there’s any sort of signals in them.

    So far, there’s been nothing.

    But I keep running it because I like the SETI@Home screensaver.

    As far as intelligent life out there goes – with the size of the universe, I’d find it unlikely in the extreme that there wouldn’t be life… and while I’m not sure that ‘intelligent’ life as we’d recognize it is always an optimum evolutionary path, I’d be surprised if there weren’t tool-using alien civilizations out there.

    (Your idea of ‘tool’ may vary, of course. We see tool use in chimpanzees and birds, after all.)

    • Commander_Chico
      • jim_m

        Hollywood, evidence that using tools is not evidence of intelligent life.

        • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

          Depends on what you want to call ‘intelligent’, I’d guess.

      • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

        Ah, ‘Contact’. Gotta admit I like that movie.
        With the current penchant for recycling we’re seeing out of Hollywood, I wonder if they’ll try a remake on it?

        • Commander_Chico

          More likely another alien invasion movie like Independence Day or Battle: LA.

          I saw Independence Day the first time in a movie theater in Brazil. I remember what the review in the Folha de Sao Paulo said. Something like: “Independence Day is the perfect North American fantasy: the world is saved through the intelligence of the Jew (Goldblum’s character) the bravery of the black man (Will Smith) and the leadership of the Anglo-Saxon (Pullman)”

          • Retired military

            And Chico agreed with all 3 concepts.

          • Paul Hooson

            The first time I saw this movie and was so disappointed and let down, but then I gradually grew to like this movie despite it’s terrible shortcomings and letdowns.

  • westcoastwiser

    I recently got hit by an alien radio signal and it sounded a lot like Rush Limbaugh.

    • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

      Your tinfoil helmet must be too loose…

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