E.T. Signal from Proxima Centauri? A Conversation with Breakthrough Initiatives’ Pete Worden
The signal was probably just interference. But the search for technosignatures continues.
By Leonard David
January 25, 2021 | News travels fast — at the lickety-split speed of light, potentially. Back in December, great attention was paid to a report that a mysterious radio signal appeared to have come from the vicinity of Proxima Centauri, the closest star to Earth.
The $100 million Breakthrough Listen project is scanning the heavens for possible signals from alien civilizations.
(Image: © Breakthrough Listen)
Proxima Centauri, which is just 4.2 light-years from us, is known to host two planets. One of those two worlds, Proxima b, is slightly more massive than Earth and might be capable of supporting life as we know it.
The Breakthrough Listen project, part of the Breakthrough Initiatives group, made the recent detection using the Parkes radio telescope in Australia, dubbing the signal BLC1 for “Breakthrough Listen Candidate 1.”