The source of the "WoW Signal," which was discovered in 1977 and was a peculiar minute-long burst of radio radiation, was determined by the researcher.
According to a researcher, there are around four malevolent extraterrestrial civilisations in the Milky Way that could attack our planet.
According to Vice, Alberto Caballero, a PhD student at the University of Vigo in Spain, has discovered the exact source of the "WoW Signal," a peculiar minute-long burst of radio radiation that was detected in 1977.
Mr Caballero revealed that the Big Ear telescope at Ohio State University received a one-minute and 12-second burst of radio signals. The signal was termed the "WoW Signal" since it contained an alphanumeric code. Since humans began hunting for extraterrestrial life more than 60 years ago, it is regarded the best candidate signal of extraterrestrial life.
Researchers have spent decades trying to learn more about the signal and its origins. Mr Caballero claimed in his study, "Estimating the Prevalence of Malicious Extraterrestrial Civilizations," that he had determined the precise source of this signal. He thinks it came from a Sun-like star 1,800 lightyears away from Earth.
Mr Caballero's research is more of a "thinking experiment," according to him. The goal of the researcher's article, according to him, is to alert other scientists and assign a numerical value to the civilizations that might respond to the communications we send out.
Mr Caballero compiled his research by counting the number of invasions that have occurred on Earth, including the Wow Signal, and then comparing that to the projected number of exoplanets in the Milky Way. According to his calculations, there are four civilisations that could potentially attack our planet. He cautioned scientists against employing the method of Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence (METI) since it could lead to an alien invasion.
According to the New York Post, the researcher also found that the chances of extraterrestrials annihilating humanity are approximately the same as the Earth being struck by a "planet-killer asteroid." Mr Caballero noted in his research that such an occurrence occurs only per 100 million years, thus humanity are most likely secure for the time being.
He also asserted that in the Milky Way, there is likely just one hostile extraterrestrial race that has perfected interstellar travel. Furthermore, the study stated that when nations grow technologically, they are less likely to engage in conflict, implying that an alien power will exhibit similar behaviour.
Mr Caballero thinks that his research will spark a debate about whether sending information into space is genuinely risky. His findings comes at a time when the US government is increasingly concerned about hints of extraterrestrial life, despite the fact that there is currently no conclusive evidence.