No Intelligent Aliens Detected on the SETI-Targeted “Earth Condition” Gliese 581 System

Yet that is. As Ian O’Neill desribes on Discovery News:

SETI astronomers have eavesdropped on an alien star system thought to contain two “habitable” worlds in the hope of hearing a radio transmission from an extraterrestrial intelligence.

Sadly, there appears to be no chatty aliens living around the red dwarf star Gliese 581.

In results announced last week by Australian SETI astronomers, of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research at Curtin University in Perth, Gliese 581 was precisely targeted by Australian Long Baseline Array using three radio telescope facilities across Australia. This is the first time the technique of very long baseline interferometry (VLBI) has been used to target a specific star in the hunt for extraterrestrials, so although it didn’t turn up any aliens, it is a proof of concept that may prove invaluable for future SETI projects…

Read More: Discovery News

  • Redacted

    I believe Life to be common, but Intelligent Life to be uncommon. I also think we lucked into becoming Sapient rather early in the development of this Universe. There are other intelligences to meet, but it will be very difficult to find them.

    • Frances Bean

      This has always been my favorite theory as well. 

  • Anarchy Pony

    Intelligent=/=technologically advanced. 
    It could very well be that species that might be classified as intelligent may not evolve on a planet with sufficient resources of the nature that allow for advanced development. Also, they may end up destroying themselves through environmental destruction or even nuclear warfare.
    It may be that intelligent species have a very narrow window of exploitable energy abundance, resource availability and technological sophistication that allows them to become a space faring/colonizing society. On some planets the window could be wider than on others, and on some they may not be available at all. 
    I’ve heard it hypothesized that the only reason that industrial civilization was able to exist at all it that the presence of Luna’s gravity pulled the more valuable and useful metals close to the surface of the Earth.

  • Degraffsmith

    It is so very Intelligence set for the activity of Alien.

  • BuzzCoastin

    yeah, like war-like, small minded hairless chimps
    who have managed to make their living space uninhabitable
    have the ability to detect “intelligent” life forms

    the beings of Gliese 581 are shitting themselves stupid with laughter at that news

  • JaceD

    To me this could mean one of three things;

    1) The most obvious, there is no inteligent life in Gliese 581

    2) There are inteligent beings there, only they haven’t developed radio (Human race up untill early 20th century)

    3) So advanced they’ve moved on from radio waves, or perhaps they can block transmissions from entering deep space. Having watched the human race fight itself uptill this stage in history thought “Fuck those violent savages” – No reply.

    • lilbear68

      or maybe they have decided there is no intelligent life here lol

      • Anarchy Pony

        It’s certainly debateable! 😉

  • MC Beaver

    maybe they dont have radio and speak telepathically simple as.

  • lilbear68

    darn, i was sure my last batch i sent in that my puter was working on was gonna be the big one been doin SETI since 2005 or longer

  • Matt Staggs

    Sometimes I wonder if maybe we’re a backwater world that was at one time an outpost for a race of spacefaring human beings. Maybe there was a interstellar civilization at one point and it just collapsed and left us to devolve into barbarism. Who knows? Maybe one day we’ll reach another star system only to find our own technologically advanced cousins wondering where we’ve been. Not sure if anyone ever played the old Traveller RPG, but it was based on a similar premise.

  • Ciggy

    The aliens said the same thing about us.

  • Twoscoopsoflove

    I wonder if other intelligent beings are as self-deprecating as some of us are.