SETI Didn't Have a Close Encounter After All

Apparently Earth noise resembles alien noise, sometimes.

By Mathew Luschek
|  Friday, Jan 6, 2012  |  Updated 11:59 AM PDT
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SETI Didn't Have a Close Encounter After All

SETI thought maybe they had a "hit" but turned out it was only our own signals.

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SETI recently turned on their E.T. listening ears, after a short hiatus, and thought maybe they were picking up some signals from some entity in space. Turns out, it was just our own Earthly noise causing interference. 

SETI clarified Friday, 

We've started searching our Kepler SETI observations and our analyses have generated a few 'hits,' but all are undoubtedly examples of terrestrial radio frequency interference (RFI).

The organization went on to say that even though they know these signals are from Earth, they are interesting because they resemble what they think alien technology would produce.

Are they suggesting we already have extraterrestrial tech on Earth? (Cue the theremin noise!)

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