A mysterious light spotted in the newly discovered Gliese 581 Star System

Tuesday, May 29, 2012 1 comments

A mysterious pulse of light was picked up from the direction of newly discovered earth like planet almost two years ago.
A scientist, Dr. Ragbir Bhathal at the University of Western Sydney, picked up the odd signal in December 2008, long before it was announced that the Gliese 581 star system has habitable planets in orbits arount it.
Dr. Bhathal had been sweeping the skies when he discovered a 'suspicious' signal from the direction of the galaxy that holds the newly discovered Gliese 581g.

The remarkable coincidence adds another layer of mystery to the announcement that scientists had discovered another planet in the system: Gliese 581g - the most earth like planet ever found.
This dicovery had come just months before astronomers announced that they had found a similiar, alightly less habitable planet around the same star which is 20 light years away. This planet was called Gliese 581e.

When asked about this discovery Dr Ragbir said that:
'Whenever there’s a clear night, I go up to the observatory and do a run on some of the celestial objects. Looking at one of these objects, we found this signal.
'And you know, I got really excited with it. So next I had to analyse it. We have special software to analyse these signals, because when you look at celestial objects through the equipment we have, you also pick up a lot of noise.'
He went on: 'We found this very sharp signal, sort of a laser lookalike thing which is the sort of thing we’re looking for - a very sharp spike. And that is what we found. So that was the excitement about the whole thing.'

For months the astronomers have been scanning the skies for a second signal to see whether there is a chance for the extra terrestrials to exist.

Mankind has always hoped that they were not the only ones in this entire universe, if this is the case there can really be a possibility that in a distant earth like planet the extra terrestrials might actually exist.
Still the search for aliens in going on and we hope to find their existence in the near future.


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