SETI@home finds an interesting signal

Technically, this isn't weather related, but because our weather is affected by the sun, planets, moons, and space, most weather nutjobs like us are also keen on this type of news as well. According to CNN, scientists have found a radio signal emitting from space that could be contact from an alien civilization. Signals are sometimes heard one time and then lost and are dismissed as or unknown origin or various anomoly. But this one has been heard multiple times and is broadcast on a frequency that scientists say is the most likely for an alien communication.

There are other explanations besides extraterrestrial contact that may explain the signal. New Scientist said the signal could be generated by a previously unknown astronomical phenomenon or even be a by-product from the telescope itself.

But the mystery beam has excited astronomers across the world.

"If they can see it four, five or six times it really begins to get exciting," Jocelyn Bell Burnell of the University of Bath

What makes this more exciting is that the signal was first discovered through the help of SETI@home, the distributed computing project that analyzes data collected from telescope scans of the heavens and geeks up your computer monitor when you are away as a screensaver. The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI), has been around since 1996 and has seen more than 5 million users sign up to participate. Gothamist used to have SETI running on all of our computers but got bored with it after a while. This kind of makes us want to get back into it again. Their website has a lot of interesting statistics and geeko graphs to look at.