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How will recent claims of 234 SETI signals in SDSS data be treated by the community?

The Breakthrough Listen project, together with SETI, is now investigating odd pulsating light signals observed by astronomers from Laval University, who suggest the signals may originate from extraterrestrial civilizations. Of the 2.5 million stars in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, the team claimed that 234 of them exhibit characteristics identical to that of the Extraterrestrial Intelligence (ETI) signal predicted by the same group in a previous publication in 2012.

Due to the study's controversial conclusions, many are criticizing their report, noting a high likelihood that the observed anomalies may be results of human error, rather than signals emitted by ET.

The claim of ETI detection, as an international protocol, requires an exhaustive evaluation of all other possible natural explanations before drawing any conclusions. Independent verifications are required with at least two or more telescopes.

The authors have not ruled out other potential explanations, and speculate that the mysterious signal could be due to "highly peculiar chemical compositions in a small fraction of galactic halo stars." But their data came from a small number of stars, centered around the Sun, which have a very narrow spectral range.

Currently, the discovery has, according to some commentators, a score of 0 to 1 on the Rio Scale, a ranking system used to evaluate the significance of any observed extraterrestrial phenomena, with 10 signifying a valid and important discovery.

Will Borra et al. paper get at least 10 citations in the coming months?

The Borra et al. paper was submitted on October 10th, 2016 to arXiv, and was published on October 14th, 2016 by Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (PASP). There is one citation of it thus far, according to Google Scholar.

This question will resolve positively if, per Google Scholar, a minimum of 10 citations is listed by July 15th, 2017.


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