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Astronomers pick up radio signals from planets outside our solar system for the first time



(Planet Today) Astronomers have picked up weak radio signals from 19 red dwarf stars – with four thought to have planets orbiting them – 165 light years away.

Australia’s Dr. Benjamin Pope points out that it is the first time radio signals from planets outside our solar system have been picked up. “This could potentially lead to the discovery of planets throughout the galaxy,” Pope says.

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The sounds, detected by the world’s most powerful telescope, appear to be from hidden planets. They are possibly generated by a planet’s magnetic fields interacting with the solar wind. The Earth, for example, emits powerful radio waves that cause phenomena like the Northern and Southern Lights. Jupiter’s volcanic moon, Io, also creates a similar aurora effect.

The radio signals were picked up by the Netherlands-based Low-Frequency Array radio telescope. Dr. Joseph Callingham of Leiden University says: “This is a spectacle that has attracted our attention from light years away.”

An even more powerful telescope, due to switch on in 2029, is expected to reveal hundreds more planets. (Related: Alien surveillance? Physicist says alien life forms may have bugged space objects to observe Earth.)

Contacting aliens may not be a good idea

However, American theoretical physicist Michio Kaku has said that contacting alien life is a terrible idea.

“Soon we’ll have the Webb telescope up in orbit and we’ll have thousands of planets to look at, and that’s why I think the chances are quite high that we may make contact with an alien civilization,” said Kaku, referring to the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) that is set to launch on Dec. 18 and will peek into worlds at the far reaches of the universe.

“There are some colleagues of mine that believe we should reach out to them. I think that’s a terrible idea. We all know what happened to Montezuma when he met Cortes in Mexico so many hundreds of years ago.”

As legend has it, Montezuma accidentally ceded the entire Aztec Empire to Cortes, a Spanish conquistador, over a language misunderstanding. Kaku apparently fears that if we send a message such as “we come in peace” when we discover them, the aliens may interpret it to mean “come rule us.”

The Aztec Empire was eventually destroyed by the Spanish so Kaku may have legitimate concerns for the future of humanity. “Now, personally, I think that aliens out there would be friendly but we can’t gamble on it. So I think we will make contact but we should do it very carefully,” says Kaku.

The Hubble Space Telescope is the Earth’s most famous piece of technology to see space, but the JWST is 100 times more powerful and uses infrared scanning technology to see things further away and with greater detail.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is sending the new telescope to the second Sun-Earth Lagrange point (L2) – a special place where the JWST can stay in line with Earth – while it orbits around the sun 1.5 million kilometers (0.93 million miles) away from home. The Hubble, on the other hand, just hung out right above our planet a mere 325 kilometers (202 miles) away.

It can also scan thousands of potentially habitable worlds for signs of life, something Hubble is not designed to do. Once in place, researchers will be able to look at the origins of the universe and search for planets that can support life.

If everything goes according to plan, the JWST will reach its destination, calibrate its sensors and be fully operational by May 2022.

UFO expert thinks aliens are already on Earth

Some think that aliens are already here on Earth. Unidentified flying object (UFO) expert Gary Heseltine believes that contact preparations with aliens should involve wetsuits and submarines.

“UFOs are often seen coming in and out of water so suspect that in our deepest oceans and trenches we may well have alien bases. That sounds crazy but if you think about it we only know 5 percent of ocean, we know more about the surface of the moon or Mars than our own oceans – so that would seem to me why UFOs are seen regularly coming in and out of water,” says Heseltine, vice president of the International Coalition for Extraterrestrial Research (ICER).

ICER is a not-for-profit organization comprised of scientists, academics and leading UFO researchers from 27 countries whose mission is to prepare people for a massive psychological change once contact is made with aliens.

Heseltine has predicted that contact will happen soon, but more likely deep in the ocean than deep in space. 

To Heseltine’s point, the Navy captured on camera a UFO entering the ocean off the coast of San Diego in July 2019. The video footage shows a dark spherical object, seen through an infrared camera, flying over the ocean and then vanishing into water. A voice can be heard in the background saying “it splashed” as the object disappears. The leaked footage was released by veteran documentary filmmaker Jeremy Corbell on May 15.

The military calls the UFO seen by Navy personnel as a transmedium vehicle. The Pentagon uses that term to refer to an unidentified craft that moves through multiple mediums, such as air, water or vacuum space.

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Earth-like world covered by raging volcanoes found in space




Scientists at the University of California have discovered a planet
that may bear a resemblance to Earth. However, unlike our planet, this
peaceful planet is covered with fierce volcanoes. News of the discovery
was published in the journal Nature.

The new planet was discovered using the Kepler telescope, which
explores outer space in search of exoplanets. According to scientists,
the planet is in the life zone of its star and may have conditions for
the development of life.

However, the presence of volcanoes on the surface of this planet may
mean that it is not suitable for life. This is due to the fact that
volcanoes can emit gases into the atmosphere, which can be poisonous to
living organisms.

On the other hand, scientists believe that the presence of volcanoes
on this planet may mean there is a magnetic field that protects it from
harmful cosmic rays. This may be one of the factors contributing to the
development of life on this planet.

Although the planet is 110 light years away from Earth, scientists
hope that it could be the subject of future research. However, this will
require new telescopes and more accurate measurement methods.

Interestingly, the search for exoplanets is one of the hottest topics
in modern astronomy. Scientists around the world are looking for
planets that may have conditions for the development of life. Some of
these planets are only a few light years away from Earth.

In addition, there is a theory that life on Earth may have originated
through volcanic activity. Volcanoes may have created the conditions
for the formation of the first organic compounds, which then led to the
emergence of life.

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Asteroid 1994 XD: Threat to Earth or opportunity for space exploration?




On June 12, 2023, the asteroid 1994 XD, which is over 500 meters in
diameter, will approach Earth. Despite the fact that it will be 3.1
million kilometers away, which is 8 times the average distance to the
Moon, many are asking – can this asteroid become a threat to our planet?

It is worth noting that asteroids, like comets, pose a threat to the
Earth, but the probability of collision with them is very low. In
addition, there are many programs and projects to track space bodies,
which allow you to identify a potential threat in time and take measures
to prevent it.

However, asteroids are also of interest to scientists and space
research. Studying the composition and structure of these bodies can
help scientists better understand the origin of the solar system and the
possibilities for life in space.

For example, asteroids may contain water and other elements necessary
for life, which could be used to build space stations and bases on
other planets. In addition, studying asteroids can help scientists
develop methods to defend against potential threats from space.

The asteroid 1994 XD was discovered in 1994 by the Kitt Peak
Observatory and has not posed a threat to Earth since then. Its close
approach to our planet will be an opportunity to study this cosmic body
in more detail and expand our knowledge of space.

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