CHINA ANNOUNCED THE DETECTION OF SIGNALS FROM ALIENS, AND THEN DELETED THIS NEWS
Something very strange happened today in the Chinese media, namely on the website of Science and Technology Daily – the official state publication of the Ministry of Science and Technology of China. There was an article published about the possible detection of signals from an alien civilization. And soon this article was deleted without any explanation.
According to Bloomberg, a likely message from an alien civilization was received by the Chinese Sky Eye telescope with a bowl with a diameter of 500 meters, which is located in the Chinese province of Guizhou. This largest radio telescope in the world picked up unusual electromagnetic signals that scientists claimed could have an alien origin.
The article reported that the captured narrowband electromagnetic signals were different from the previous captured signals, and that the radio telescope team continues to investigate them.
The article referred to the report of Zhang Tongjie, the head of the group on the search for extraterrestrial civilizations, which was created with the assistance of Beijing Pedagogical University, the National Astronomical Observatory of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the University of California at Berkeley.
By the way, his report was deleted simultaneously with the article on the website. It is still unknown why China deleted this news, and this was done already when links to the article were scattered both in the Chinese social network Weibo and in Chinese and world media.
In September 2020, the radio telescope began an official program to search for extraterrestrial life. The team detected two sets of suspicious signals in 2020 while processing data collected in 2019, and detected another suspicious signal in 2022 from observations of exoplanetary targets, as outlined in Zhang Tongjie’s report.
The Sky Eye radio telescope is extremely sensitive in the low-frequency radio range and plays a crucial role in the search for alien civilizations, Zhang wrote. However, suspicious signals can also be a kind of radio interference and require further investigation, he added at the end of his report.
After the article was deleted, Western journalists tried to contact the National Astronomical Observatory of China for comments, but so far they have not received any answers.