October 31st, 2016 | Company News

Could life exist beyond planet Earth?

Today is Halloween, and what better way to celebrate then with a spooky story from out of space. Discoveries have recently been made by a group of astronomers which indicate that life could exist on other planets. The researchers have been watching 2.5 million stars, of which 234 have been giving off “strange modulations”, suggesting their origin is caused by Extra-terrestrial activity, which is in accordance with the groups ETI hypothesis, published in a previous paper. The hypothesis predicted only a small number of stars would be found within a narrow spectral range centred near the spectral type of the sun, which matches the research recently found. E.F. Borra and E. Trottier believe the signals detected from the stars are caused by light pulses generated by Extra-terrestrial Intelligence which make us aware of their existence.

The “strange modulations” are in fact small frequency shifts in the light reaching the group’s telescope. In order to characterise these shifts, highly accurate and precise methods are needed to measure the absolute frequencies involved. Many observatories turn to frequency combs for this task as they produce a highly stable “rule” of frequencies. The taccor comb, our first complete frequency comb, can offer a number of benefits to astronomy and searching for exoplanets.

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