Maybe the Vrusk are trying to contact us

JCab747's picture
August 29, 2016 - 8:35am
From the UK Daily Mail

A spike in radio signals coming from the direction of a sun-like star has excited astronomers.

The signals seem to be originating from a sun-like star known as HD 164595 in the constellation Hercules, around 95 light years away.

Scientists suggest they are likely to be the result of a natural phenomenon, such as 'microlensing', in which the star's gravity strengthens and focus signals from elsewhere. 

But astronomers have also asked Seti (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) to take a closer look at whether they could be a message from ET.

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Joe Cabadas

JCab747's picture
August 29, 2016 - 7:56pm
And another story from Yahoo! News.

Washington (AFP) - A "strong signal" detected by a radio telescope in Russia that is scanning the heavens for signs of extraterrestrial life has stirred interest among the scientific community.

"No one is claiming that this is the work of an extraterrestrial civilization, but it is certainly worth further study," said Paul Gilster, author of the Centauri Dreams website which covers peer-reviewed research on deep space exploration.

The signal is from the direction of a HD164595, a star about 95 light-years from Earth.

The star is known to have at least one planet, and may have more.

The observation is being made public now, but was actually detected last year by the RATAN-600 radio telescope in Zelenchukskaya, Russia, he said.

Experts say it is far too early to know what the signal means or where, precisely,it came from.

"But the signal is provocative enough that the RATAN-600 researchers are calling for permanent monitoring of this target," wrote Gilster.

The discovery is expected to feature in discussions at the 67th International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico, on September 27.

"Working out the strength of the signal, the researchers say that if it came from an isotropic beacon, it would be of a power possible only for a Kardashev Type II civilization," Gilster wrote, referring to a scale-system that indicates a civilization far more advanced than our own.

"If it were a narrow beam signal focused on our Solar System, it would be of a power available to a Kardashev Type I civilization," indicating one closer to Earth's capabilities.

Gilster, who broke the story on August 27, said he had seen a presentation on the matter from Italian astronomer Claudio Maccone.

"Permanent monitoring of this target is needed," said the presentation.

Nick Suntzeff, a Texas A&M University astronomer told the online magazine Ars Technica that the 11 gigahertz signal was observed in part of the radio spectrum used by the military.

"If this were a real astronomical source, it would be rather strange," Suntzeff was quoted as saying.

"God knows who or what broadcasts at 11Ghz, and it would not be out of the question that some sort of bursting communication is done between ground stations and satellites," Suntzeff said.

"I would follow it if I were the astronomers, but I would also not hype the fact that it may be at SETI signal given the significant chance it could be something military."

Joe Cabadas

jedion357's picture
September 1, 2016 - 4:31pm
Microlensing is interesting. If this happened in the Frontier they could outfit a ship to go see. 

Such an expedition would make for a campaign starter.
Radio signal's are coming from a star 56 LY away. Players must take a scout cruiser (and lander) to said star. All sorts of discoveries and adventures are had along the way as the jump from system to system to get there only to discover there is a microlensing effect going on and the new target system is 38 LY beyond. 

Of course this represents a serious expenditure of energy just to go see. Thus the radio signal should be something of serious significance. Potentially from a lost home world or could even be from a lost eorna ship pre dating the Day of Doom. 
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

JCab747's picture
September 1, 2016 - 5:21pm
Good thinking. Maybe it could be a signal from the lost Yazarian home world or a missing colonial ship that didn't go to the Frontier.
Joe Cabadas

iggy's picture
September 1, 2016 - 7:25pm
I like colony ship that didn't go to the frontier.

jedion357's picture
September 2, 2016 - 6:17am
SOS sent from Light years away. PCs don't know what they'll find but the took the job to go look and if possible rescue so they arrive in system expecting to find something but system is bone dry empty, eventually the ship received a new message from another distant star or astrogator passes a LOG check to realize microlensing happened. 
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

rattraveller's picture
September 3, 2016 - 4:17pm
Just to keep up once again we are back to the Yazirians? I like the Vrusk idea better. A lost Trade house vessel attempting to send an SOS home. 
Sounds like a great job but where did you say we had to go?

JCab747's picture
September 3, 2016 - 4:31pm
rattraveller wrote:
Just to keep up once again we are back to the Yazirians? I like the Vrusk idea better. A lost Trade house vessel attempting to send an SOS home. 

OK, OK, it doesn't have to be the Yazarians... but wait, what is that character I see atop of that Explorer?

A lost Vrusk trade ship, a missing and ancient human exploration craft, another huge Dralasite colony ship... or maybe they aren't Dralasites but Drowlasites!

A lost Sathar colony that's been cut off from the other clans for several centuries.

A Tetrarch Societies colony that's still active.

The Click/Klikk ... and boy, are they mad...

The home world of one of the various minor races listed in the Star Frontiersman magazine.

Space: 1999's Moonbase Alpha hurtling through space ... wait, that's ridiculous...
Joe Cabadas

jedion357's picture
September 3, 2016 - 7:49pm
Vrusk trade house, it would have outfitted what would have been for all intents and purposes a colony expedition ship or rather something like it. They got lost and long jumped, their jump governor blew and the didn't come out in the Frontier but overshot. 

I'm thinking factions for this. At least 3 factions for the vrusk. And maybe some primitive species on this world can have 1 or 2 factions: the collaborators and the haters. 

One vrusk faction desires to simply take the PC's ship outright for themselves. 
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

JCab747's picture
October 24, 2016 - 9:09pm
Another update:

Strange messages coming from the stars are ‘probably’ from aliens, scientists say

'It is too early to unequivocally attribute these purported signals to the activities of extraterrestrial civilizations,' a group of scientists looking for aliens have warned – but the signals are encouraging

Joe Cabadas