Scientists misled by noise from metal object when tracking meteor’s path

Scientists misled by noise from metal object when tracking meteor’s path

Ten years ago, scientists thought they were tracking the path of a meteor that fell on Earth, named CNEOS 2014-01-08, hoping to find evidence of alien technology in its debris. However, they were misled by noise from a passing truck rumbling down a nearby road. The location of impact was speculated to have been near Papua New Guinea.

Nowadays, scientists have better systems in place to track meteors as they enter the atmosphere and explode. Seismic data is one way to track big meteors, as the vibrations caused by the sound waves give insight into the meteor’s path and impact points. In 2014, the entry of the meteor CNEOS 2014-01-08 was recorded by US government satellites, indicating it may have come from outside our solar system.

Teams led by scientists from various universities analyzed the seismic data to determine the path of the meteor. The team at Johns Hopkins University noticed discrepancies in the data, leading them to realize that the signals were coming from the road nearby, not the meteor impact site. It is common for signals to be misinterpreted initially, only to be corrected later on.

While the search for evidence of alien technology in meteors continues, scientists remain diligent in their analysis of data to ensure accuracy in their findings. As technology advances, tracking and studying meteors become more precise, allowing researchers to gather valuable information about these space rocks.

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