The Cepheid Galactic Internet

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Posted: Tuesday, September 2, 2008


We propose that a sufficiently advanced civilization may employ Cepheid variable stars as beacons to transmit all-call information throughout the galaxy and beyond. One can construct many scenarios wherein it would be desirable for such a civilization of star ticklers to transmit data to anyone else within viewing range.

The beauty of employing Cepheids is that these stars can be seen from afar(we monitor them out through the Virgo cluster), and any developing technological society would seem to be likely to closely observe them as distance markers. Records exist of Cepheids for well over one hundred years. We propose that these (and other regularly variable types of stars) be searched for signs of phase modulation (in the regime of short pulse duration) and patterns, which could be indicative of intentional signaling.

John G. Learned, R-P. Kudritzki, Sandip Pakvasa, A. Zee

(Submitted on 2 Sep 2008 (v1), last revised 2 Sep 2008 (this version, v2))

Comments: 5 pages, 3 figures Subjects: Astrophysics (astro-ph) Cite as: arXiv:0809.0339v2 [astro-ph]

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