Are Color-Modulated Rapid Pulses from 234 Stars E.T. Signals?

— “The light pulses are separated by exactly the same time, like turning a flashlight
on and off, and the time separation is exactly the same — billions of times a second.”

– Ermanno Borra, Ph.D., Prof. of Physics, Univ. of Laval, Quebec City, Canada,
with Graduate Student Eric Trottier

— “The one in 10,000 objects with unusual spectra seen by
Borra and Trottier are certainly worthy of additional study.”

– Breakthrough Listen/ Berkeley SETI Research Center, UC Berkeley, CA.

— “Meeting an advanced civilization could be like Native Americans
encountering Columbus. That didn’t turn out so well.”

– Stephen Hawking, Ph.D., U. K. Theoretical Physicist and Cosmologist

Linda Moulton Howe

January 27, 2017 Pasadena, California Two years ago on November 15, 2015, the American Astronomical Journal published a paper entitled, “Searching for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Signals in Astronomical Spectra, including Existing Data.” The writer is Ermanno Borra, Ph.D., Professor of Physics, Laval University in Quebec City, Canada. He received his doctorate in Astronomy from the University of Western Ontario in 1972, followed by his post-doctoral fellow at Hale Observatory and then a sabbatical in cosmology at the University of Arizona. Dr. Borra is currently a member of the Canadian Network for Space Research.

In his paper, Dr. Borra writes, “Consider an extraterrestrial civilization that is more advanced than ours. Let us assume that they want to signal their existence to other civilizations. This is not an easy task considering how vast the universe is. The best chance of being seen is by being accidentally detected during astronomical observations. They know, on the basis of their own experience, that a scientifically advanced civilization observes the sky and takes spectra of astronomical objects. … Consequently, a good way to let others know of their existence is to generate a signal that is so unusual that it can only be artificial. A most unusual signal would be made of a spectral modulation … that is so unusual that it warrants more observations, which will then reveal that it is artificial. …ETI could signal its existence to others by sending light pulses with time separations of the order of a billion pulses a second that could be detected in spectra.”

Now two years later after his paper’s proposal that astronomers do sky searches for unusual spectral modulations, Dr. Borra had his graduate student Eric Trottier analyze 2.5 million spectra in the Sloane Digital Sky Survey with Fourier transform analysis. Out of 2.5 million stars, only 234 were unusual in the same way: a billion color modulated pulses per second as Dr. Borra had suggested in his 2012 paper. Also strange is that all 234 stars are yellow suns like our solar system sun. Dr. Borra hypothesizes that the unusual rapid and color modulated pulses could be intelligent signalling from ETI, Extraterrestrial Intelligence, letting the universe know They are there and advanced enough to produce such signalling technology.

Dr. Borra and Eric Trottier then published that investigation in the Astronomical Society of the Pacific Journal three months ago on…

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Strange Stars? Or Alien Contact?

The Sloan Digital Sky Survey telescope stands out against the breaktaking backdrop of the Sacramento Mountains. 234 stars out of the Sloan's catalogue of over 2.5 million stars are producing an unexplained pulsed signal. Image: SDSS, Fermilab Visual Media Services
Dr. Joseph P. Farrell
October 26, 2016

In the light of this week’s focus on space news, Mr. R.B. sent along this article and I have to pass it along to the readership here. It seems scientists at Canada’s Laval University have done a very intriguing study of the signals emanating from 234 star systems. Why just 234? We’ll get to that in a moment. Here’s the article:

Either Stars are Strange, or There Are 234 Aliens Trying to Contact Us

As the article notes, the reason for the selection of just 234 stars is their similarity to our own Sun. Most of us have read about those recent news items the past few years where various planets in the “vicinity” of a few light years are prime candidates for the possibility of harboring life, perhaps even intelligent life. But this study is different in focusing on the types of stars themselves, and the signals originating from their systems:

What we’re talking about here is a new study from E.F. Borra and E. Trottier, two astronomers at Laval University in Canada. Their study, titled “Discovery of peculiar periodic spectral modulations in a small fraction of solar type stars” was just published at is a pre-print website, so the paper itself hasn’t been peer reviewed yet. But it is generating interest.

The two astronomers used data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, and analyzed the spectra of 2.5 million stars. Of all those stars, they found 234 stars that are producing a puzzling signal. That’s only a tiny percentage. And, they say, these signals “have exactly the shape of an ETI signal” that was predicted in a previous study by Borra.

The authors acknowledge five potential causes of their findings: instrumental and data reduction effects, rotational transitions in molecules, the Fourier transform of spectral lines, rapid pulsations, and finally the ETI signal predicted by Borra (2012). They dismiss molecules or pulsations as causes, and they deem it highly unlikely that the signals are caused by the Fourier analysis itself. This leaves two possible sources for the detected signals. Either they’re a result of the Sloan instrument itself and the data reduction, or they are in fact a signal from extra-terrestrial intelligences.

“So what?” you might say. “Where’s the high octane speculation in all that? And besides, who cares? They’re light-years away.”

Bear with me for a moment while we consider the methodology here: it isn’t all that unusual. In fact, I remain at a loss to figure out why no one…

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Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and “strange stuff”. His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into “alternative history and science”.

The Aftermath Of Brexit: A Humorous [?] Tangent: Jean Claude Juncker

Dr. Joseph P. Farrell
July 6, 2016

Now, I include this video from YouTube, sent to me by Mr. P.J., just for the sake of showing how very bizarre things really are in Europe, and by way of a bit of comic relief. Sooner or later, someone was going to connect the BREXIT to space matters, and although I have attempted to to that, M. Jean Claude Juncker has apparently been conferring with extra-terrestrials, and they’re very worried about the future of the EU(I kid you not):

Well, for the sake of argument, let’s suppose M. Juncker had not had one too many martinis before speaking, and that , on this rare occasion, he was completely lucid and sober, and that, indeed he meant every word. What I find disturbing in this short peroration is, once again, the implicit notion that ET is our “benevolent space brother” and that we humans are to go along with a horrendously un-democratic, moribund, regulation choked quasi-Fascist entity like the EU just for the sake of appeasing Mr. Juncker’s (martini-inspired?) extra-terrestrials. Why is it that when ET talks to someone, be it an Adamski or, now, a Juncker(!), that the message is never positive nor supportive of human institutions and culture, particularly of European or western ones, unless one submits to some sort of unelected dictatorship? I’d be more inclined to take Mr. Juncker seriously – martinis or no martinis – if, say, the messages he was receiving from ET were to the effect of “you need to read the Declaration of Independence, and put it into practice” or “read the New Testament Beatitudes” or “best to brush up on Adam Smith”.  But no, ET, according to M Juncker, is all for the EU.

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Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and “strange stuff”. His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into “alternative history and science”.