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Are the Aliens Calling? First Potential Radio Signal from Exoplanet 51 Light-Years Away Detected:

No wonder aliens have always been a chapter of mystery for human beings on earth. Bringing light on this, currently, some scientists have revealed about emission bursts from the Tau Bootes star-system from a so-called hot Jupiter that is considered the largest gaseous giant planet closest to its own sun. This was recorded using the Low-Frequency Array (LOFAR) a radio telescope in the Netherlands. Thus, scientists have finally disclosed the first possible radio signal from a planet located beyond our own solar system, emerging from an exoplanet system situated about 51 light-years away.

It is an international team who are dealing with this ongoing research from Cornell University in the US. They have also found out after serious observations some external potential other exoplanetary radio-emission candidates in the Upsilon and Cancer Andromeda system of the constellation. Cornell postdoctoral researcher Jake D. Turner has said that they are present in one of the first hints of detecting an exoplanet in the realm of radio emissions. The study is going to get out in the journal named ‘Astronomy & Astrophysics’. Evidences show that Tau Bootes exoplanet system lets out a range of significant radio emission which is again believed to be an uncommon potential window on the magnetic field of the planet. It contains a binary star system vividly.

This radio detection has proven to act as an opening portal to a new window on exoplanets. It is a splendid way for all researchers around the world to explore the alien world that is over tens of light-years ahead. The magnetic field of this exoplanet is also helping the astronomers to decipher those atmospheric and interior properties along with the interaction in the physics of star-planet.

Around 2 years ago, Turner and his colleagues had examined some radio emission signature of Jupiter and estimated those emissions to be a mimic of the possible signatures from a distant exoplanet like Jupiter. These recorded results examined before became the template for exploration of radio emissions from exoplanets that are about 42,000 light-years away. Earth’s magnetic field acts as a shield and makes the planet habitable by safeguarding it from the dangers of the solar wind. So, if there are earth-like exoplanets then the magnetic field of it may contribute to the creation of possible habitability by guarding their atmosphere against any kind of harmful cosmic rays and solar winds. Turner said that this will, in turn, protect the planet from atmospheric loss.

This research is a breakthrough in our concept of understanding about exoplanets. Thus, alien-hunting which has been a favourite topic among world-class scientists and even common public have come up to confirm its existence. This extra-terrestrial intelligence is difficult to work upon and hard to find scientific proof. However, scientists continue to primarily focus on alien research and acquire any possible sign of their existence in this universe.

This discovery of Tau Bootes is not only led by Jake Turner but also by Philippe Zarka (Observatoire de Paris – Paris Sciences et Lettres University) and Jean-Mathias Griessmeier from Université d’Orléans. From the strength a polarization of the radio signal and the magnetic field produced by the planet, several theoretical predictions have been quoted down as confirmed by Jake Turner. If further research and observation can be confirmed based on the follow-up then it will not only fetch new ways to study the alien worlds but also help to check for extra-terrestrial life proving their viability from the perspective of human habitation. The entire research work will be soon published in the journal ‘Astronomy & Astrophysics’ with all critical observations and is already available for curious people to read online.

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