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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Seti Monitoring Promising Signal 95 Light Years Away


Dr. Joseph P. Farrell
September 4, 2016

There has been a spate of space-related news lately, and I have been delaying commenting about them simply because of more pressing news, but I’ve decided I have to make some comment about these stories because I believe them to be significant, and because I suspect that in some way they are related to the events here on Earth.  If you’ve been following these stories, they seem to fall into two distinct patterns: (1) talk of new technologies, and (2) stories about the discovery of potential Earth-like planets in nearby solar systems.  And of course, I’ve decided to comment about them simply because I cannot resist the opportunity they provide for high octane speculation.

Consider this story shared by Mr. T.H., a story originating, as you shall discover, in Russia:

Not a Drill: SETI Is Investigating a Possible Extraterrestrial Signal From Deep Space

The story begins innocently enough:

An international team of scientists from the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) is investigating mysterious signal spikes emitting from a 6.3-billion-year-old star in the constellation Hercules—95 light years away from Earth. The implications are extraordinary and point to the possibility of a civilization far more advanced than our own.

The unusual signal was originally detected on May 15, 2015, by the Russian Academy of Science-operated RATAN-600 radio telescope in Zelenchukskaya, Russia, but was kept secret from the international community. Interstellar space reporter Paul Gilster broke the story after the researchers quietly circulated a paper announcing the detection of “a strong signal in the direction of HD164595.” (Emphasis added)

What makes scientists think this might be a signal from an advanced civilization?  This is where it gets interesting:

“The signal conceivably fits the profile for an intentional transmission from an extraterrestrial source,” said Alan Boyle, author of The Case for Pluto who reported the story for Geekwire. “In any case, the blip is interesting enough to merit discussion by those who specialize in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence.”

The signal’s strength indicates that if it in fact came from a isotropic beacon, the power source would have to be built by a Kardashev Type II civilization. (The Kardashev scale is used to determine the progress of a civilization’s technological development by measuring how much energy was used to transmit an interstellar message.) An ‘Isotropic’ beacon means a communication source emitting a signal with equal power in all directions while promoting signal strength throughout travel.
(Emphasis added)

Before we can do our usual speculative analysis, there’s one more paragraph to bear in mind:

Basically, if the signal was beamed out into the galaxy without aim or direction, that would require an enormous amount of power to actually be detected. But what if the signal was beamed specifically at our solar system? Well, that would require less energy and could indicate the presence of a Kardashev Type I civilization—meaning that it could be a highly technological, contemporary society that harnesses the solar energy emitted by its local star, much like our planet does with solar panels. This particular civilization’s social structure is theorized to be completely globalized and interconnected.

Now, I submit that these statements have to be parsed very carefully to see why SETI scientists are so interested, and to see why they might have tried to embargo the story which nonetheless leaked anyway (we’ll get back to that leak in a moment).

First of all, by referencing the Kardashev Civilization classification types – Type one requiring the energy output of an entire planet, Type Two requiring the energy output of an entire star, and Type Three requiring the output of an entire galaxy, not just to communicate but rather, to survive – the implication is that either the signal is isotropic, i.e., going out equally in all directions, or that it is being intentionally beamed in our direction. In either case, the implication is the signal is relatively strong.

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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”.

Moons of Saturn May Be Younger Than the Dinosaurs

March 24, 2016

MOUNTAIN VIEW – New research suggests that some of Saturn’s icy moons, as well as its famous rings, might be modern adornments.  Their dramatic birth may have taken place a mere  hundred million years ago, more recent than the reign of many dinosaurs.

“Moons are always changing their orbits.  That’s inevitable,” says Matija Cuk, principal investigator at the SETI Institute.  “But that fact allows us to use computer simulations to tease out the history of Saturn’s inner moons.  Doing so, we find that they were most likely born during the most recent two percent of the planet’s history.”

While Saturn’s rings have been known since the 1600s, there’s still debate about their age.  The straightforward assumption is that they are primordial – as old as the planet itself, which is more than four billion years.  However, in 2012, French astronomers found that tidal effects – the gravitational interaction of the inner moons with fluids deep in Saturn’s interior – are causing them to spiral to larger orbital radii comparatively quickly.  The implication, given their present positions, is that these moons, and presumably the rings, are recent phenomena.

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