Be sci-fi, conspiracy theories or real life, we have romanticised the idea of finding life on other planets for a very long time, and now Scientists have collected the first possible radio signal from an exoplanet system about 51 light years away.
Scientists at Cornell University were studying three different stars that are known to host exoplantes and one star system stood out: Tau Bootes, which contains at least one exoplanet.
Using the low frequency array (LOFAR), a radio telescope in the Netherlands, the researchers uncovered emission bursts from the Tau Bootes star- system.
The significant radio signature is a unique potential window to the planets magnetic field.
Observing an exoplantes magnetic field helps astronomers understand a planets interior and atmospheric properties, as well as the star-planet interactions.
Just like the Earth’s magnetic field protects our atmosphere and helps the living beings to thrive, magnetic field on other planets could also be doing the same.
The radio detection can also help us examine alien world’s that are tens light-years away.