In another extensive search for possible alien life, an international team of scientists has collected the first possible radio signal from a planet beyond our solar system.
A study published in the journal of Astronomy & Astrophysics say that a team of scientists received the first signal from exoplanet 51 light-years away. A team of scientists at Cornell University in the US for the first time has collected a potential radio signal from a planet beyond our solar system.
This radio signal from the aliens is believed to be emanating from an exoplanet system about 51-light years away. Using the Low-Frequency Array (LOFAR), a radioactive telescope in the Netherlands, the scientists have uncovered emissions from the Tau Bootes start-system hosting a so-called hot Jupiter, which is a gaseous giant planet that is very close to its own sun.
“We present one of the first hints of detecting an exoplanet in the radio realm,” said Cornell postdoctoral researcher Jake D Turner. “The signal is from the Tau Bootes system, which contains a binary star system and an exoplanet. We make the case for an emission by the planet itself, he said.
The team led by researchers from the Cornell University in the US also observed other potential exoplanetary radio-emission candidates in the constellation Cancer and Upsilon Andromedae systems.
Observing an exoplanet’s magnetic field helps astronomers decipher a planet’s interior and atmospheric properties, as well as the physics of star-planet interactions, said Turner.
If confirmed through follow-up observations, this radio detection opens up a new window on exoplanets and provides a unique way to examine alien worlds that are tens of light-years away from us.