Alien Signals Have Been Discovered in FRB 121102
A few weeks ago, a series of high-energy, fast radio bursts, or FRBs were picked up coming from a dwarf galaxy, roughly three billion light years from us. Now, scientists and astronomers across the world are training their telescopes on this galaxy to try to figure out the source of these FRBs. And while many are quick to claim that it’s probably not an alien signal from an advanced extraterrestrial civilization, all of the evidence still allows for that possibility, while the common assumptions of documented, cosmic phenomena continue to fall short.
Fast Radio Bursts
This isn’t the first time we’ve picked up signals from this galaxy, now known as FRB 121102; the first burst came in 2012, followed by a couple more in 2015. Last month, a series of 15 signals was detected, which would have left the dwarf galaxy when there were only single-celled, micro-organisms inhabiting Earth. At this point in time, the civilization would be several billion years old or have perished long ago.
If it was an ancient alien civilization that was responsible for the FRBs, scientists think that it is likely that the signals are the product of a reflective sail powered by a transmitter, potentially twice the size of Earth. Reflective solar sails are a concept in which a parachute-like sail is attached to a small spacecraft, and used to catch photons shot in its direction, to propel it. The signals that have been picked up are short, millisecond-long bursts making the hypothesis that they are fired photons all the more compelling.
Research in this technology is actually being funded by Russian billionaire, Yuri Milner. Milner’s project, Breakthrough Starshot, intends on developing meter-long sails to send thousands of miniature space probes to Alpha Centauri, the closest star to us, about 4 light years away. Milner’s plan intends on developing a laser, about half a mile in length, that would shoot waves of photons at “ultra-light nanocrafts” attached to these sails, theoretically allowing them to travel at roughly 20 percent light speed. However, one obstacle that must be overcome is figuring out how to keep them from crashing into things and burning up, including space dust. But Milner’s not the only one investing in this technology; everyone’s favorite avuncular, science personality, Bill Nye, is also in the process of developing one of these photon sails.
This technology, or something like it, is what SETI project researchers believe could be causing those FRBs; photons shot from a radio transmitter, twice the size of Earth, that left 3 billion years ago. Meanwhile, Milner and Mark Zuckerberg are funding a team led by Stephen Hawking in conjunction with the University of California Berkeley’s SETI project, that picked up these signals. The venture is called Breakthrough Listen, and its goal is to find proof of intelligent, extraterrestrial life in the universe. Unsurprisingly, the team of scientists on Milner’s project have been excited by the recent transmissions received from FRB 121102.
“Perhaps some ancient intelligent species was clued in to the emergence of life on our planet and knew that a signal sent would reach us just as we were becoming technologically sophisticated for the first time.” – Dr. Vishal Gajjar, Breakthrough Listen Initiative
But those who don’t like to entertain the idea that the source of the fast radio bursts could be of extraterrestrial origin, say that they are likely coming from a rapidly rotating celestial body, like a magnetar or quasar. Originally, the bursts were thought to be the product of a massive, one-time cosmic event like the formation of a black hole from the collision of two neutron stars, but the recurrence of the bursts over the years negates that theory. Other theories have posited that it could be the result of matter being sucked into a black hole, but it seems like with all of our research on black holes, we would have experienced this phenomenon before, having trained telescopes on areas where black holes have been found. And while most scientific stalwarts have rejected the ETI hypothesis, there hasn’t yet been a solid practical explanation.
These bursts are powered by a source with an output 500 million times the power of the sun in the milliseconds in which they are shot. The bursts area also said to have a strange alignment that no one has yet to explain. Now, many of the world’s most powerful satellites have been focused on the dwarf galaxy, awaiting more radio bursts to study and find an answer to. The Arecibo observatory in Puerto Rico, Parkes Observatory in Australia, as well as the Green Bank Observatory in West Virginia are all paying close attention to FRB 121102.
Some are concerned that focusing all of our energy on this galaxy might prevent us from catching other signals, but it’s hard for astronomers to ignore something new that they can’t explain. Will it turn out to be evidence of an advanced extraterrestrial technology, or another aspect of some beautiful cosmic phenomenon? Either result is fascinating.
Did President Eisenhower Meet With Aliens at Holloman Air Force Base?
In 1953, President Harry Truman gave up the oval office and passed the reins of power to his successor, President Dwight D. Eisenhower (Ike). It appears that Truman also gave Ike a pretty hefty file concerning a top-secret project called Majestic 12 that Truman established by Classified Executive Order. Majestic 12 consisted of a group of scientists, military personnel and other governmental professionals who all worked together to understand and communicate with UFOs and extraterrestrials (ETs).
President Eisenhower was extremely interested in UFOs and ETs: there is evidence that he met with ETs secretly, at least three times.
Once at Edwards Air Force Base (AFB) in California and twice at Holloman AFB in New Mexico. Since the Eisenhower meetings, other instances of UFOs landing at or near Holloman AFB have been reported.
1954 Eisenhower ET Meeting at Edwards AFB
President Eisenhower, who had been a five-star Army general, always had a “strong belief in life on other planets.” In February 1954, he was spending several days in Palm Springs on vacation. He disappeared for several hours one Saturday afternoon and even missed a scheduled public dinner. He was not seen again until late the following morning.
The press questioned Ike’s whereabouts, so the White House Press Secretary told them that Ike had chipped a tooth and gone to see a dentist. Even at that time, rumors were that he was visiting ETs at nearby Edwards AFB. The dentist’s story falls apart upon close inspection. Washington Post Staff Writer, Peter Carlson, denies the story of the chipped tooth and calls it a cover-up.
There Was No Dentist Visit
The Eisenhower Presidential Library has detailed reports of all Eisenhower’s medical and dental records. There is no reference to a broken or chipped tooth or dentist visit related to the Palm Springs visit. The Library also has copies of acknowledgments that were sent to everyone Eisenhower had contact with while in Palm Springs. There were records of people who met the airplane, people who sent flowers, the minister who gave the sermon at the Sunday service he attended, and others who played minor roles. But there is no proof of a note sent to a dentist. Years later, the dentist’s widow said she had no recollection of ever being told by her husband that he had done dental work on the President.
Corroborating Evidence of the ET Visit
William Cooper, who was on the Naval Intelligence briefing team and had access to classified documents, is a credible witness. His Review Of Those Documents revealed that ETs had had contact with Earth. They had warned that the Earth was “on a path of self-destruction” and they wanted to meet to help effectuate a long-lasting peace.
Meeting With Eisenhower
The first meeting with the aliens and President Eisenhower occurred at Edwards AFB in February 1954. Navy Commander Charles L. Suggs reported that his father had attended the meeting between Ike and the ETS. Eisenhower met with two Nordic appearings, blue-eyed ETs. A third one stood near the door as a lookout.
The discussions were polite. Eisenhower wanted to effectuate a treaty with the aliens but was unwilling to agree to their demand that we cease testing nuclear weapons. The aliens left with no treaty in place but returned the next year to Holloman AFB in New Mexico, not too far from the famous Roswell alien aircraft crash site, for a subsequent meeting with Eisenhower.
Gerald Light’s Letter
There is a corroborating story to the ET meeting with Ike at Edwards AFB. The accuracy of the story is difficult to confirm. A man named Gerald Light wrote a letter in April 1954 claiming to have been an eyewitness to the Edwards AFB meeting between Eisenhower and ETs. Light provided details such as watching Air Force officials studying five aircraft with the permission of their alien owners!
Some question the credibility of Light’s report since he was known to have a love of the occult and claimed to be clairvoyant, but others like Meade Layne, the former director of Borderland Sciences Research Foundation, confirms and believes Light did know first-hand what occurred.