Old 10th Jan 2019, 07:53
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From what I’ve been reading about this the signals are of a nature that hasn’t been detected before, so probably not a pulsar or a quasar as such...but the speculation and some of the TIC comment is similar to that that surrounded the discovery of pulsars in the late 60s.

When observations with another telescope confirmed the emission, it eliminated any sort of instrumental effects. At this point, Bell Burnell said of herself and Hewish that "we did not really believe that we had picked up signals from another civilization, but obviously the idea had crossed our minds and we had no proof that it was an entirely natural radio emission. It is an interesting problem—if one thinks one may have detected life elsewhere in the universe, how does one announce the results responsibly?"[6] Even so, they nicknamed the signal LGM-1, for "little green men" (a playful name for intelligent beings of extraterrestrial origin).
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