>> News that a Russian radio telescope may have detected an extraterrestrial signal from outer space has science fiction fans buzzing, but at least some scientists saying, not so fast. Last year the Russian Academy of Science reportedly picked up a signal originating from a star in the Hercules Constellation roughly 95 light years away.
The Russians apparently stayed quiet about it until finally sharing the news with scientists at Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, or SETI, an international institute. The reported findings were serious enough for SETI to point its ears towards the star designated HD164595.>> If that signal is still there and if it's for real, then we have a good chance of finding it.
>> Seth Shostack, a senior astronomer at SETI said that right now his team is simply trying to replicate whatever the Russians found. If it is the real deal, it's a big deal.>> There's somebody, in this case 95 light years away, that's 600 trillion miles by the way, that's a long way, who's got a radio transmitter.
So we're not the only kids on the block, there's something else intelligent out there.>> But that's a big if. Shostak wrote on SETI's blog, quote, without confirmation of this signal, we can only say that it's interesting. The report will be discussed at an international astronautical conference in Mexico, on September 27th, the signal coming a week after NASA scientists announced the discovery of a planet in the so-called habitable zone orbiting a nearby star.