Twin of the Earth sends mysterious signals

02.03.2011

Sergei Mitrofanov

The newly discovered planet Gliese 581g, the conditions on which admit of the origin of life, it may be habitable. As reported by Fox News, the Australian astronomer Ragbir Bhatal argues that observed in the region of Gliese 581g extremely suspicious outbreaks.



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According Bhatala, flash, similar to the action of the laser, he said back in 2008, roughly two years before the discovery of Gliese 581g. According to the Australian expert, outbreaks have been seen during his observations, which he regularly engaged in the international project SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence), whose aim is to search for extraterrestrial intelligence.

Most colleagues, however, did not share the enthusiasm Bhatala or simply does not believe that the observations took place. "I know the scientist, and after it was first announced about what they saw, I asked him to share details of what happened, but he refused to send them to me. To me this seems very suspicious," — told Fox News astronomer Frank Drake. Opinion Drake astronomical circles, highly respectable: a half-century ago, he was behind SETI, and also made the so-called Drake equation — a formula that serves to calculate the number of extraterrestrial civilizations with which the people have a chance to make contact.

According to Drake, he personally does not know where it could come Bhatalom allegedly recorded signal, but strongly doubts that he could have come from the star around which turns Gliese 581g.

Recall the discovery of Gliese 581g was announced on 29 September this year. The authors of the opening were Steven Vogt of the University of California and Paul Butler of the Carnegie Institution of Washington. Gliese 581g is the sixth planet orbiting a red dwarf star Gliese 581, located from the Earth at a distance of 20.5 light years. At the moment, Gliese 581g is the only planet in the so-called "habitable" zone of Gliese 581. Its radius is greater than the Earth is about 1.2-1.5 times, and weight — approximately 3.1-4.3 times. Thus, the acceleration of gravity at the surface Gliese 581g approximately 1.1-1.7 times higher than on the earth.

According to the assumptions Vogt and Butler, the air temperature in the newfound planet should range from -34 ° C to +71 ° C, making it quite possible presence on the surface of the liquid water necessary for life. While the planet has not been officially named, but Steven Vogt has already dubbed a heavenly body "World Zarmina" — in honor of his wife.

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