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Astronomers on the hunt for habitable worlds beyond our solar system say they have picked up “strange signals” emanating from a nearby star, 11 light years away.\

Scientists from the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico are studying red dwarf stars in the hope that they might find planets orbiting them. On May 12, they observed mysterious radio signals emanating from a star called Ross 128.

Could these radio signals be signs of extraterrestrial life? Prof. Abel Méndez, planetary astrobiologist and director of the Planetary Habitability Laboratory at the University of Puerto Rico, doesn’t think it’s very likely.

“In case you are wondering, the recurrent aliens hypothesis is at the bottom of many other better explanations,” Méndez wrote in a recent blog post.

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Category: Science