Were Recent Radio Signals From Proxima Centauri Evidence of Alien Life?
The mystery signal from space… what was actually broadcast from Proxima Centauri?
In December 2020, news broke of a mysterious signal coming from the area of Proxima Centauri. Ufologists and astronomers were excited by the news as the planet Proxima B may be able to host life. The signal was originally detected in the spring of 2019 by the Breakthrough Listen Project using the Parkes Telescope in Australia. But the significance of what they found was only recently made public.
But what was so intriguing about this transmission?
15th Century Astronomers Saw Activity, Lights on Moon's Dark Side
Fifty years ago, NASA published a catalog of lunar phenomena based on the observations of early astronomers dating back to the 15th century. Even after vetting the reports and qualifying their accuracy with secondary sources, NASA found records of bizarre sightings on the dark side of the moon, including flickering spots, bright flashes, and moving lights. What could account for these strange observations?
It’s debatable who first conceived of the telescope, though it’s widely accepted that it was first invented at the start of the 1600s. And while the first models were rudimentary, three-lens spyglasses, the technology quickly progressed over the following decades thanks to the work of Galileo and Kepler.
By adding a combination of convex lenses, the two were able to drastically increase the magnification capability of early telescopes, allowing observation of the cosmos like never before. It’s also evident from his notes that Galileo was able to view Jupiter’s moons, meaning he must have had a pretty clear view of our lunar surface.