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Search For Alien Spaceship Evidence Leads Scientist To Examine Black Hole Energy

A scientist came up with a new but odd idea to search signs of extraterrestrial intelligence in space. In a new study, the scientist suggested that aliens may have potentially used black holes to generate power for their civilizations.

Louis Crane, a mathematician from Kansas State University (KSU), created the study showing that gamma telescopes could help find evidence of alien spacecraft powered by small black holes, Universe Today reported. However, these black holes could also be artificially made by the ETs. 

"An advanced civilization would want to harness a microscopic black hole because it could throw in matter and get out energy,” Crane said in a statement. “It would be the ultimate energy source. In particular it could propel a starship large enough to be shielded to relativistic velocities.”

Crane also believed that only a Type II civilization on the Kardashev Scale could do such a job of creating an artificial black hole and harness its energy. The scientist noted producing a black hole would require to point a billion ton gamma ray laser to nuclear dimensions.

"It's like making as many high tech nuclear bombs as there are automobiles on Earth,” the expert said. However, Crane noted the use of such gamma ray lasers could make a black hole-powered civilization detectable due to a "spillover" or extra energy traveling through space. 

From Earth, scientists could use gamma-ray telescopes to search for signs of spillover from gamma ray lasers. Such devices could detect 100 to 1000 light years of gamma ray. 

To date, the telescopes available for such efforts include the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope (FGST), the High Energy Stereoscopic System (HESS) and the Very Energetic Radiation Imaging Telescope Array System (VERITAS).

Records of Alien Discoveries

Crane said the scientific community might have already detected signs of some Type II Kardashev civilizations using gamma-ray telescopes. The mathematician noted several point-like gamma ray sources have already been found in the past across the universe, however, many remain in records without natural explanation.

The concept of a black hole-powered spacecraft was first introduced in the 1975 novel “Imperial Earth” of science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke, followed by Charles Sheffield in his 1978 short story, "Killing Vector."

Both authors suggested that advanced civilizations could extract energy from rotating black holes to meet their energy needs.

With Crane’s idea, the scientific community may consider exploring more of the mysterious black holes in space. Humanity has yet to determine how black holes alone work and looking for alien life around it is another job.

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