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Scientists in South Africa have detected radio signals from beyond the solar system for the first time - prompting a wave of excitement over who, or what, might have sent it. The signal is the most significant of its kind since radio telescopes started operating in the 1960s.


Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind...Albert Einstein
by vbo on Wed Aug 13th, 2008 at 02:18:25 AM EST
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Unfortunately...

On the evening of 28th July 2008, at 21h14 local time the Indlebe Radio Telescope, situated on the Steve Biko campus of the Durban University of Technology, successfully detected its first radio source from beyond the solar system. A strong source was detected from Sagittarius A, the centre of the Milky Way Galaxy, approximately 30 thousand light years away.

It should be noted that this is not an intelligent source, i.e. it is not a source that could be considered as having been transmitted by alien intelligence. Furthermore, it is certainly not a new discovery. The electromagnetic radiation emanating from Sagittarius A is well documented and an entirely natural phenomenon. A similar signal, although of a much larger magnitude, would be received by simply pointing the telescope at the Sun.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Wed Aug 13th, 2008 at 06:55:10 AM EST
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Yahhh...It sounded so good...all tho "30 thousand light years away"...so desperate...

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind...Albert Einstein
by vbo on Wed Aug 13th, 2008 at 08:34:41 AM EST
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