Major observatory receives signal from nearby star - alien technology NOT ruled out

Major observatory receives signal from nearby star - alien technology NOT ruled out

Major observatory receives signal from nearby star - alien technology NOT ruled out

This star is 2,800 times dimmer than the Sun and is not yet known to have any planets.

Unusual signals emitted from a nearby star have been spotted by astronomers.

To the delight of those trying to find life beyond our solar system, a team of astronomers has claimed to have picked up "strange signals" emanating from a star 11 light years away.

In a development that has resulted in much excitement among scientists, odd signals have been detected coming from a dwarf star that is located around 11 light years from earth. They used the Arecibo Observatory, a massive radio telescope built inside of a Puerto Rican sinkhole.

Mr Mendez said that the signal was "almost periodic", and although it is unlikely that it originates from alien beings, it can not be ruled out.

"In case you are wondering, the recurrent aliens hypothesis is at the bottom of many other better explanations", Mendez added.

'The SETI [Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence] groups are aware of the signals, ' Professor Méndez told Business Insider.

Mendez says there are three main possibilities - that it could be flare-like emissions from the star, emissions from another object, or interference from a high-orbit satellite.

According to Mendez, this type of emission of signals from satellites has not been seen before, and he described it as "very peculiar", he stated in a blog post.

"The field of view of (Arecibo) is wide enough, so there is the possibility that the signals were caused not by the star but another object in the line of sight", Mendez said.

Seth Shostak, senior astronomer at the SETI Institute, said that they are "well aware of the signals" and hope to use California's powerful Allen Telescope Array to "check them out". "If we don't get the signal again then the mystery deepens".

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