The Internet practically exploded early yesterday morning with talk of an extraterrestrial discovery after a signal was detected by a Russian telescope. The star in question, HD 164595 located a vast 95 light years away, sent out a strong radio spike that was picked up and sparked a boom of excitement. According to an article published by National Geographic, however, this signal may not be what it was first interpreted as.
Astronomers have pointed their radio telescopes towards the stars for over half a century, hoping to catch a glimmer of life beyond this planet. Short of a futuristic rocket ship, these telescopes seem to be the best bet for catching a peak of something out of this world. That is a main cause as to why this discovery is so tantalizing to both scientists and the rest of us earthlings. However, after further investigation, neither the Allen Telescope Array, commanded by the SETI (the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) Institute, nor the Green Bank Telescope, used by the Breakthrough Listen project, turned up additional signals or observations.
Another issue that has risen according to this article is that the signal did not repeat and could have been caused by something else. A source on Earth, such as a faulty power supply, military transmission, or arcing electrical fence for example. Another possible explanation could be that gravity from another object in space amplified a weaker signal. That being said, it would appear that HD 164595 is similar in many ways to our sun. It is composed of the same ingredients, is approximately the same age and has at least one planet in its orbit. This would suggest that theoretically, it would be plausible for life to exist within this system.
It’s safe to say that most of us hope to have an answer to the question of whether there is civilization somewhere in the sweeping unknown. Here at SoftInWay, we may not have a futuristic rocket ship stashed away, but we do hope to one day play a role in assisting these scientists find their answer. Perhaps, one day, SoftInWay can design and provide guidance on the rocket engine turbopump that will help us soar into new discoveries and exploration. Until then, we’ll provide the tools and guidance suited towards present needs and future goals. If your branch of work falls under the scope of aerospace, or if you find rockets as cool as we do, our upcoming webinar will interest you. It is being offered towards the end of September and provides an overview of rocket engine turbopumps, from preliminary blade design to CFD and rotor dynamics using our AxSTREAM® platform.
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