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A distant star's radio signal has some thinking it might be super-powerful aliens


If it's artificial, its strength is great enough that it was clearly made by a civilization with capabilities beyond those of humankind.
Douglas Vakoch, president of METI International

Just days after finding a stunningly close maybe-livable planet, astronomers picked up a strong radio signal from a star 94 light-years away named HD 164595.

And some think it might have been intentional. (Maybe.)

Wait, so, aliens?!

The signal is stronger than scientists expect from space. It's strong enough that it might have come from what's called a Type II civilization on the Kardashev scale, which ranks hypothetical species by their technological advancement.

For the record, humanity would only be a Type I on that scale,  according to Futurism. So if this radio signal was sent by living creatures, they're more advanced than us.

But there's a catch.

In the words of Douglas Vakoch, head of Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence International, to CNN: "Without corroboration from an independent observatory, a putative signal from extraterrestrials doesn't have a lot of credibility."

In other words, don't freak out until other observatories confirm this signal existed, or at least happens again. 

But it's still worth investigating, just to be safe.

A distant star's radio signal has some thinking it might be super-powerful aliens

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