China says it may have detected signals from extraterrestrial civilization – National

China’s science ministry said it picked up signals on one of its telescopes that could be signs of an alien civilization.

Scientists from Beijing Normal University say the signals were identified earlier this year on the country’s giant “Sky Eye” telescope, and called the signals “suspicious”.

On Tuesday, China’s state-run media Science and Technology Daily reported that researchers were examining a number of “possible technological tracesof intelligent civilizations elsewhere in the cosmos, Newsweek reported.

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Zhang Tonjie, chief scientist of an extraterrestrial civilization research team co-founded by Peking Normal University, the National Astronomical Observatory of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the University of California, Berkeley, said the signals narrowband electromagnetic signals differ from previously captured signals.

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The suspicious signals, however, could be the result of radio interference. Zhang said further investigation was needed.

Mysteriously, the report was removed from state-supported website without any explanation why. However, the news was picked up by multiple outlets, including state-run Chinese news sites, Bloomberg reported.

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The official name of the Sky Eye telescope is Five Hundred Meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST) and it is the largest single dish radio telescope in the world, with a diameter of 500 meters.

One of its listed scientific purposes is to search for extraterrestrial life.

In fact, Zhang’s alien research team has already encountered suspicious signals. Two sets of unusual signals were found in 2020 as the team processed data from 2019. Another strange signal was identified in 2022 when the team was observing exoplanets, Bloomberg reported.

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One of the most famous examples in history of an unidentified space signal is the mysterious Wow! signalwhich was discovered by the Ohio State University Big Ear Telescope in 1977.

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The Wow!  signal represented by

The Wow! signal represented by “6EQUJ5” on the data printout that caused Jerry Ehman’s famous exclamation.


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An incredibly strong signal passed for more than a minute, prompting Jerry Ehman, a scientist working with the telescope, to circle where the signal appeared on the data printout with a red pen and write “Wow!” next to that.

The source of the signal is still unknown and has been used to argue for the existence of extraterrestrial life.

To date, no radio signal considered to come from an extraterrestrial civilization has been detected.

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