"The team has now finished analysing the data, and all the signals seem to have disappeared. Except one, which has got stronger.
Based on that proof, he got funding to built a program that would search for alien signals from space. It took many person-years of effort, but eventually the project go underway. Dozens of signals have been found over the years, but until now all have been rejected as either artifacts of the equipment, naturally occuring astronomical bodies or politically unpopular.
"...Korpela thinks it unlikely SHGb02+14a is the result of any obvious radio interference or noise, and it does not bear the signature of any known astronomical object."
SETI later lost its funding but has remained close to the hearts and minds of the world's geek population. That explains why when they launched their SETI@Home project, their signal processing capability nearly doubled.
Even hardened scientists who work every day trying to find aliens haven't weren't really prepared to find something like this. What kind of reaction will the world have when something of this magnitude is told to them?
"'It just boggles my mind,' Korpela says."
But despite extreme excitement the scientists are performing calculations that give us information on what the alien home world must be like.
"A planet would have to be rotating nearly 40 times faster than Earth to have produced the observed drift..."
When the signal is decoded, perhaps we can find out more about, for instance, the alien culture, philosophy, and science.
Skeptical observers were quick to mention the possibility of fraud, because of the insecure way SETI@Home has "opened" their source code to potential hackers, but
"The unusual characteristics of the signal also make it unlikely that someone is playing a prank, Korpela says. '...I can't think of any way to fake it.'"
There is no doubt that aliens have contacted us. They are here. Are we ready?
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