Alien Signals Have Been Discovered in FRB 121102 

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.

 

FRB 121102

Image via Berkeley News

 

Breakthrough Initiatives

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.

 

Radiotelescope in the observatory of Arecibo, Puerto Rico

Arecibo Observatory, Puerto Rico

 

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.



Do Thousands of Alien Contact Accounts Share Same Message?

Do Thousands of Alien Contact Accounts Share Same Message?

Though UFO sightings have been traced to the days of prehistoric man — with ancient drawings of spacecraft, mysterious symbols, and humanoid creatures depicted on cave walls all over the world — the overwhelming number of encounters are only now starting to receive the attention they deserve. UFO abduction stories and alien contact have poured into the mainstream for decades, even while those who claim to have had these experiences find themselves as targets of social mockery.  

UFO Abduction Experiences

Detractors who disbelieve abduction experiences often fail to take into consideration the character of the individuals who claim to have been abducted. A vivid stereotype stands in the way of fair treatment for experiencers: a delusional hillbilly at a rural bar rambling about far-fetched stories, or a drug-addled person ranting to no one in particular in the middle of a populated city center. But these abductee tropes are unfair and antiquated.

Giving actual credence to contact claims are the accounts of respected professionals who’ve come forward with their own stories, including military personnel, media personalities, and political figures. There are many people from all walks of life who have reported abductions and contact, such that a new generation of dedicated researchers has emerged, interested in learning more about these vivid and often terrifying experiences. Meanwhile, a number of psychologists have attempted to understand the lingering trauma and emotional scars of these abductees who work to cope with the ensuing trauma and disruption in their daily lives.

Harvard psychiatrist John Mack observed that the fear of social rejection and invalidation can often be more traumatic to an abductee than the actual experience of abduction. He said, “Every other culture in history except this one, in the history of the human race, has believed there were other entities, other intelligences in the universe… why are we so goofy about this? Why do we treat people like they’re crazy, humiliate them, if they’re experiencing some other intelligence?”

Similarly, physicist and UFO researcher Stanton Friedman noted, “I check all my audiences [on the lecture circuit] and find that, while in agreement with polls, 10% have had a sighting but only 5-10% of these witnesses have been willing to report what they saw. Biggest reason? Fear of ridicule.”

 

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L. Harvard Psychiatrist John Mack   R. Physicist Stanton Friedman

 

Photographer Kim Carlsberg was a few days into working on the set of the hit television show “Dallas” when she went home and saw her first UFO, which she dubbed the “Moon Over Malibu.”

A few weeks later, Carlsberg went to bed and woke up in a spacecraft, which would be the first of a series of abduction events that continued for seven years. During abductions, she says she was the subject of experimentation and claims to have been impregnated to create hybrids of aliens and humans. She says she has learned profound spiritual lessons, having been shown the oneness of the universe and all of its species. And she reports a resounding mission among the extraterrestrials “[T]hat it is time to save Mother Earth from her inhabitants.”

Carlsberg’s first book, “Beyond My Wildest Dreams,” discusses her personal UFO abduction story, while her second book, “The Art of Close Encounters,” serves as a forum for 150 people to tell their UFO abduction stories.

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