China has claimed that it may have received a message from an alien civilisation using its $180 million Sky Eye telescope, according to reports.
Sky Eye, a 1,640-foot-diameter telescope based in China’s Guizhou province, has detected unusual electromagnetic signals that scientists claim could have alien origins.
The news was revealed in a report by Science and Technology Daily, the official newspaper of China’s Ministry of Science and Technology, based in Beijing. But according to Bloomberg, Science and Technology Daily deleted the report shortly after it was posted, although it’s uncertain why. The news had already started trending on social network Weibo and was picked up by other media outlets, including state-run ones.
The Science and Technology Daily report cited Zhang Tonjie, chief scientist of an extraterrestrial civilization search team co-founded by Beijing Normal University, the National Astronomical Observatory of China and the University of California, Berkeley. The team detected two sets of suspicious signals in 2020 while processing data collected in 2019, and found another suspicious signal in 2022 while observing exoplanets – planets outside our solar system. Zhang said the suspicious signals could also be some kind of radio interference, so further investigation is required.