As reported by Bloomberg, Chinese official media “Science and Technology Daily” recently presented that its telescope “Sky Eye” received some cosmic signals suspected of coming from alien civilizations.

This claim has caused great concern among scientists and researchers worldwide.

Some researchers refuted the claim, and the reports and posts about the discovery apparently were deleted from the Science and Technology Daily website, China’s official newspaper from the science and technology ministry.

Although the rationale behind its sudden removal from the website is unknown, other media outlets, including state-run ones, have picked up the report. As a result, the news started trending on social networks.

In the report, Zhang Tongjie, chief scientist at the China Extraterrestrial Civilization Research Group at Beijing Normal University, said there were several cases of possible technological traces and extraterrestrial civilizations from outside our planet. 

The research group observed that the frequencies had no resemblance to anything they had faced before. They are now conducting further investigation.

Zhang stated that China’s Sky Eye is expected to be the first to discover and confirm the existence of extraterrestrial civilizations.

Chinese claims related to Sky Eye have encountered skepticism from researchers familiar with the telescope, who said the signals had far more earthly origins.

New York Post quoted Dan Werthimer, a researcher at the University of California, Berkeley, who has worked on Sky Eye research;

“The signals that we found so far are all interference, they’re not from extraterrestrials, they’re from terrestrials.”

Sky Eye is located in China’s southwestern Guizhou province. It was completed in 2016 at the cost of 171 million dollars and has a diameter of 500 meters (1,640 feet). As Zhang said in the report, the giant telescope is extremely sensitive in the low-frequency radio band. Besides, it plays a critical role in the hunt for extraterrestrial life. When analyzing data in 2022, the research team has found two sets of signals, one from 2019 and another this year.

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