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Mystery signals could be a habitable Earth-like world


According to astronomers, the anomalous signals that were dismissed sooner as ‘stellar bursts’ are coming from an Earth like planet located 22 light years away.

The celestial object was discovered five years ago but was later dismissed as stellar bursts and not a planet. Now, after further tests, scientists have come to the conclusion that the anomalous signals are coming from a planet they have called Gliese 581d which is located in the star’s habitable zone which means it might be suitable for human life.

Scientists say that the 2014 research was based on ‘inadequate data’ and that this planet does in fact exist, and could prove to be the next best shot to look for alien life.

According to a recent study by British astronomers, we are looking at a smaller planet located in the habitable zone of its star. Experts believe that previous studies by the Pennsylvania State University were inadequate due to the methods used in the tests.

Now, new research by the Queen Mary University in London claims to have better data which points to the existence of the planet.

The star Gliese 581, which is 22 light-years away, has three other confirmed planets, none of which lie within its habitable zone.

‘The existence (or not) of GJ 581d is significant because it was the first Earth-like planet discovered in the ‘Goldilocks’-zone around another star and it is a benchmark case for the Doppler technique,’ said lead author, Dr Guillem Anglada-Escudé.

‘There are always discussions among scientists about the ways we interpret data but I’m confident that GJ 581d has been in orbit around Gliese 581 all along.

‘In any case, the strength of their statement was way too strong.

‘If their way to treat the data had been right, then some planet search projects at several ground-based observatories would need to be significantly revised as they are all aiming to detect even smaller planets.

According to experts, Gliese 581d is one of the first planets outside our solar system located I the Goldilocks zone around its star, which is basically an area where it in neither too hot nor too cold for life to exist.

NASA believes that in the next 15 years, we will find an exact replica of planet Earth, somewhere in the universe. This also means that it is very likely that in the next 15 years or so, intelligent life will be discovered somewhere in the cosmos, if of course, it hasn’t been already found.

Interestingly, RDF and Social Network BEBO used a telescope array in Ukraine to send a focused beam of data of around 500 messages from the public in form of radio waves towards Gliese 581.


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