Do you have adblock enabled?
 
If you can read this, either the style sheet didn't load or you have an older browser that doesn't support style sheets. Try clearing your browser cache and refreshing the page.

(Newsweek)   "Scientists discover mystery signals coming from a star 11 light years away. The "very peculiar" pulses appear to be unique to the red dwarf, with observations of similar nearby stars showing no similar behavior"   ( newsweek.com) divider line
    More: Interesting, Star, red dwarf, Sun, White dwarf, strange radio signals, Flare star, Planetary habitability, Puerto Rico  
•       •       •

2307 clicks; posted to Geek » on 17 Jul 2017 at 11:50 AM (13 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



42 Comments     (+0 »)
 
View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest
 
2017-07-17 11:18:37 AM  
Red dwarf making a meow sound be on the look out for Rimmer
 
2017-07-17 11:24:32 AM  
It's a crime planet. And now they know about us and are going to start raids.
 
2017-07-17 11:40:26 AM  
Eat at Joe's.
 
2017-07-17 11:43:11 AM  

i.imgur.com

 
2017-07-17 11:57:55 AM  
In April and May, the team recorded information coming from Gliese 436,  Ross 128,  Wolf 359,  HD 95735,  BD +202465,  V* RY Sex, and  K2-18.

V*ry Sex. Such signals. Wow.
 
2017-07-17 11:59:03 AM  

Arkanaut: In April and May, the team recorded information coming from Gliese 436,  Ross 128,  Wolf 359,  HD 95735,  BD +202465,  V* RY Sex, and  K2-18.

V*ry Sex. Such signals. Wow.


Don't they mean Uranus?
 
2017-07-17 11:59:58 AM  
Smeg.
 
2017-07-17 12:00:49 PM  

Slypork: Arkanaut: In April and May, the team recorded information coming from Gliese 436,  Ross 128,  Wolf 359,  HD 95735,  BD +202465,  V* RY Sex, and  K2-18.

V*ry Sex. Such signals. Wow.

Don't they mean Uranus?


Uranus is not a star!

// it's an extra at best
 
2017-07-17 12:25:52 PM  
Give the poor Red Dwarf a break. It's cold outside. There's no kind of atmosphere...
 
2017-07-17 12:26:37 PM  

Arkanaut: In April and May, the team recorded information coming from Gliese 436,  Ross 128,  Wolf 359,  HD 95735,  BD +202465,  V* RY Sex, and  K2-18.

V*ry Sex. Such signals. Wow.


Its a real star name: http://simbad.u-strasbg.fr/simbad/sim-id?Ident=V*+RY+Sex
no info on what that name means
 
2017-07-17 12:26:59 PM  

eurotrader: Red dwarf making a meow sound be on the look out for Rimmer


They picked up Cat's rendition of 'Tongue Tied'.
 
2017-07-17 12:31:22 PM  
img.fark.net
 
2017-07-17 12:32:49 PM  
Ross 128, huh? Better watch out.
img.fark.net
 
2017-07-17 12:35:37 PM  
img.fark.net
 
2017-07-17 12:42:31 PM  

Arkanaut: In April and May, the team recorded information coming from Gliese 436,  Ross 128,  Wolf 359,  HD 95735,  BD +202465,  V* RY Sex, and  K2-18.

V*ry Sex. Such signals. Wow.


You'd think that would've been coming from the Doge Star, but no.
 
2017-07-17 12:47:04 PM  
*heavy sigh* I assume it has something to do with Trump and Russians, blah blah blah.
 
2017-07-17 12:48:38 PM  

Arkanaut: In April and May, the team recorded information coming from Gliese 436,  Ross 128,  Wolf 359,  HD 95735,  BD +202465,  V* RY Sex, and  K2-18.

V*ry Sex. Such signals. Wow.

img.fark.net

"Okay, people, you were clearly distracted when you named that star. Don't come back to the observatory until you have a girlfriend or boyfriend."
 
2017-07-17 12:53:00 PM  
Just a Contact module sending an update on their control.  Got a little sloppy, but the natives probably won't figure it out, as they'll get destracted by politics or religon.
 
2017-07-17 12:53:10 PM  
My immediate reaction was "we're getting science releases from newsweek now?" and annoyance at the autoplay video ad;  Here's the original press release for those who'd rather avoid it.

http://phl.upr.edu/library/notes/ross128
 
2017-07-17 12:56:43 PM  

HairBolus: Arkanaut: In April and May, the team recorded information coming from Gliese 436,  Ross 128,  Wolf 359,  HD 95735,  BD +202465,  V* RY Sex, and  K2-18.

V*ry Sex. Such signals. Wow.

Its a real star name: http://simbad.u-strasbg.fr/simbad/sim-id?Ident=V*+RY+Sex
no info on what that name means


I'm thinking she could show you a thing or two:

www.startrek.com
 
2017-07-17 01:24:12 PM  
Warning: the call is not coming from inside the house. It is not the brat that you are baby sitting.
 
2017-07-17 01:32:53 PM  
Well, it seems to have passed the first tests for Seti, which is elimination of (1) an artifact of the equipment, (2) a local source on Earth, or (3) a more distant source in near-Earth orbit.

They have not eliminated a (4) man-made object, such as a distant (and possibly secret) satellite, but then they have no eliminated a lot of things. Seti has a very solid protocol for testing and re-testing a signal until all of the possibilities are eliminated.

As Sherlock Holmes observed, once you have done this, whatever is left, no matter how implausible, is the truth.

In the real world of science and even detective work, this may not produce conclusive results. Neither deductive reasoning, nor inductive reasoning produces infallible results. Abductive reasoning, what we may sometimes call common sense or informal reasoning, is closer to what Sherlock Holmes was actually doing.

See Charles Sanders Pierce, the Pragmatist philosopher, for details. Studied him a wee bit at University as part of my literary studies (not philosophy per se).

Well, I hope we hear from this Red Dwarf again.

I wonder how old the star is? Red Dwarves are generally very quiet stars of very great durability. they tend not to explode or wobble a lot like variables. They are peaceful covered fires, glowing red like coals and like coals, likely to sustain their combustion for very long time frames compared even to our own middlling and unremarkable Sol. Our Sun is middle aged at less than five billion years, but a Red Dwarf could easily live more than a 100 billion years in some cases (IIRC).
 
2017-07-17 01:54:50 PM  

Saiga410: [img.fark.net image 299x169]


Explained: Two comets. .
 
2017-07-17 01:57:10 PM  
Did Kryten wax the computer again?
 
2017-07-17 01:58:45 PM  

brantgoose: They are peaceful covered fires, glowing red like coals and like coals, likely to sustain their combustion for very long time frames compared even to our own middlling and unremarkable Sol.


Their what?
 
2017-07-17 02:05:19 PM  

give me doughnuts: brantgoose: They are peaceful covered fires, glowing red like coals and like coals, likely to sustain their combustion for very long time frames compared even to our own middlling and unremarkable Sol.

Their what?


www.sondrakistan.com
 
2017-07-17 02:12:05 PM  
It's a message! It says:

Attention Spaceship Earth. This Is Yöür Cäptåin Speäking... Yöür Øåptåin Is Dead.

There appears to be some blurry naked woman on the screen as well....
 
2017-07-17 02:22:15 PM  

brantgoose: Well, it seems to have passed the first tests for Seti, which is elimination of (1) an artifact of the equipment, (2) a local source on Earth, or (3) a more distant source in near-Earth orbit.

They have not eliminated a (4) man-made object, such as a distant (and possibly secret) satellite, but then they have no eliminated a lot of things. Seti has a very solid protocol for testing and re-testing a signal until all of the possibilities are eliminated.

As Sherlock Holmes observed, once you have done this, whatever is left, no matter how implausible, is the truth.

In the real world of science and even detective work, this may not produce conclusive results. Neither deductive reasoning, nor inductive reasoning produces infallible results. Abductive reasoning, what we may sometimes call common sense or informal reasoning, is closer to what Sherlock Holmes was actually doing.

See Charles Sanders Pierce, the Pragmatist philosopher, for details. Studied him a wee bit at University as part of my literary studies (not philosophy per se).

Well, I hope we hear from this Red Dwarf again.

I wonder how old the star is? Red Dwarves are generally very quiet stars of very great durability. they tend not to explode or wobble a lot like variables. They are peaceful covered fires, glowing red like coals and like coals, likely to sustain their combustion for very long time frames compared even to our own middlling and unremarkable Sol. Our Sun is middle aged at less than five billion years, but a Red Dwarf could easily live more than a 100 billion years in some cases (IIRC).


Red dwarves I think are actually going to best be candidates for advanced civilizations to make a new home on, more so than life originating on them.

The Goldilocks zone around them is very, very close, so anything in it will be tidally locked, which isn't a total deal-breaker, but makes things a lot dicier.

Then there's also the issue that red dwarves aren't THAT quiet. They send out some pretty frequent and large solar flares, which would could actually be a deal-breaker for the prospects of life evolving naturally there. It may strip atmosphere away, and boil away the oceans. But a spacefaring civilization could find their extreme longevity to be very appealing since they could possibly have engineering solutions which might take care of those issues.
 
2017-07-17 02:25:16 PM  

Jodeo: Saiga410: [img.fark.net image 299x169]

Explained: Two comets. .


They're just covering for the fact that they finally translated the signal and it said "Zieg Heil, you're our kind of people."
 
2017-07-17 02:40:01 PM  
29 posts in and no sign of aliens? Farkers be slippin'.

img.fark.net
 
2017-07-17 02:48:18 PM  

brantgoose: Well, it seems to have passed the first tests for Seti, which is elimination of (1) an artifact of the equipment, (2) a local source on Earth, or (3) a more distant source in near-Earth orbit.

They have not eliminated a (4) man-made object, such as a distant (and possibly secret) satellite, but then they have no eliminated a lot of things. Seti has a very solid protocol for testing and re-testing a signal until all of the possibilities are eliminated.

As Sherlock Holmes observed, once you have done this, whatever is left, no matter how implausible, is the truth.


With all due respect to Messrs. Holmes and Doyle, I've always thought that should read "... will contain the truth", not '...  is the truth".

After the elimination of what you're ruling out, there may well still be more possibilities left than the one you've adopted as your thesis.
 
2017-07-17 02:49:00 PM  

mongbiohazard: brantgoose: Well, it seems to have passed the first tests for Seti, which is elimination of (1) an artifact of the equipment, (2) a local source on Earth, or (3) a more distant source in near-Earth orbit.

They have not eliminated a (4) man-made object, such as a distant (and possibly secret) satellite, but then they have no eliminated a lot of things. Seti has a very solid protocol for testing and re-testing a signal until all of the possibilities are eliminated.

As Sherlock Holmes observed, once you have done this, whatever is left, no matter how implausible, is the truth.

In the real world of science and even detective work, this may not produce conclusive results. Neither deductive reasoning, nor inductive reasoning produces infallible results. Abductive reasoning, what we may sometimes call common sense or informal reasoning, is closer to what Sherlock Holmes was actually doing.

See Charles Sanders Pierce, the Pragmatist philosopher, for details. Studied him a wee bit at University as part of my literary studies (not philosophy per se).

Well, I hope we hear from this Red Dwarf again.

I wonder how old the star is? Red Dwarves are generally very quiet stars of very great durability. they tend not to explode or wobble a lot like variables. They are peaceful covered fires, glowing red like coals and like coals, likely to sustain their combustion for very long time frames compared even to our own middlling and unremarkable Sol. Our Sun is middle aged at less than five billion years, but a Red Dwarf could easily live more than a 100 billion years in some cases (IIRC).

Red dwarves I think are actually going to best be candidates for advanced civilizations to make a new home on, more so than life originating on them.

The Goldilocks zone around them is very, very close, so anything in it will be tidally locked, which isn't a total deal-breaker, but makes things a lot dicier.

Then there's also the issue that red dwarves aren't THAT quiet. They send out some prett ...


The Chirpthistra like the way you think.
 
2017-07-17 03:03:20 PM  
Excellent!  We can finally see how "Single Female Lawyer" ends.
 
2017-07-17 03:43:56 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: [i.imgur.com image 320x180]


"Oh! I'm sorry, I don't know how this machine even works!"
img.fark.net
 
2017-07-17 03:49:20 PM  
Hm, this was Arecibo.  I'm pretty sure they have the best sensitivity until the Chinese get their 500-meter spherical radiotelescope up.  The Allen Telescope array has on its blog:
[2017-07-16 19:10:01] Will be observing Ross 128 with the correlator when it rises at 19:40UTC today,  till 01:30UTC.
 
2017-07-17 04:31:31 PM  

HairBolus: Arkanaut: In April and May, the team recorded information coming from Gliese 436,  Ross 128,  Wolf 359,  HD 95735,  BD +202465,  V* RY Sex, and  K2-18.

V*ry Sex. Such signals. Wow.

Its a real star name: http://simbad.u-strasbg.fr/simbad/sim-id?Ident=V*+RY+Sex
no info on what that name means


I can hazard a guess. XY Sex refers to variable star XY in the constellation of Sextans. That would mean it was the 50th unnamed variable star found in that constellation.
I am not exactly sure what V* stands for, but given that that radio sources in constellation are given a letter designation and Sagittarius A* refers to a compact source, V* means it is the either the 21st or 22 radio source discovered in Sextans, depending on if J is included or not, and it is a compact radio source.
So V* XY Sex is a compact radio source that also is a variable star.
 
2017-07-17 04:55:48 PM  
FTA: "Ross 128 is a small red dwarf star in the constellation of Virgo."

With helpful picture of this:

img.fark.net
 
2017-07-17 04:57:27 PM  

Jodeo: Saiga410: [img.fark.net image 299x169]

Explained: Two comets. .


That was pretty much debunked and dismissed by most astronomers because if it were true, then similar signals would be showing up all over.
 
2017-07-17 07:19:21 PM  

Stone Meadow: 29 posts in and no sign of aliens? Farkers be slippin'.

[img.fark.net image 585x516]


Meanwhile at Ross 128

img.fark.net
 
2017-07-18 01:42:53 AM  
i.ytimg.com
 
2017-07-18 09:53:45 AM  

JudgeMuttonChops: [i.ytimg.com image 480x360]


"But, What is it?"
 
2017-07-18 09:34:43 PM  
the cat.
 
Displayed 42 of 42 comments

View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest

This thread is closed to new comments.

Continue Farking

On Twitter





Top Commented
Javascript is required to view headlines in widget.
  1. Links are submitted by members of the Fark community.

  2. When community members submit a link, they also write a custom headline for the story.

  3. Other Farkers comment on the links. This is the number of comments. Click here to read them.

  4. Click here to submit a link.

Report