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For as long as I can remember, I’ve been intrigued by space. Does space ever end? Well, I’m under the impression that space is sort of like “The Truman Show.” Like there’s a wall somewhere and space just ends. Then, you can walk up a staircase and meet Ed Harris. Is there intelligent life out there that we don’t know about? Probably. I’ve watched too much Neil Degrasse Tyson to believe otherwise. Will I ever get to go to the moon? Not unless I become a billionaire.
These are all incredibly complex questions that I’ll probably go to the grave never knowing. But astronomers are saying they’ve picked up a signal coming from a star called “HD 164595,” located 94 light-years away from the Earth. Per Douglas Vakoch, president of METI International (a research institution specializing in communication with extraterrestrials) who appeared on CNN this morning:
The signal from HD 164595 is intriguing, because it comes from the vicinity of a sun-like star, and if it’s artificial, its strength is great enough that it was clearly made by a civilization with capabilities beyond those of humankind.
So a couple things here. OF COURSE the guy who studies extraterrestrials for a living is going to say that this is clearly a sign of intelligent life existing. He wants his fifteen minutes of fame just like anyone else. But for some reason, I believe this guy.
That beard. The double-breasted jacket. If there’s one thing Doug Vakoch knows, it’s aliens.
If we go by M. Night Shymalan logic, this is one of two kinds of intelligent life. One – the beings are friendly. They’re trying to learn from our culture to better life on their own planet by studying how we live. Or two – they’re hostile. They’ve ran out of resources on their own planet and they’re looking to wipe out our species and harvest Earth. Me personally? I automatically assume all aliens are hostile. HD 164595 is much larger than Earth according to this report, and if push comes to shove these guys are going to come for our jugular. And I highly doubt water is going to kill them. Stay on your toes, people..
[via Elite Daily]
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