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Could mysterious flashing lights among the stars be signals of extraterrestrial life?

Astrophysicists aren’t ruling it out. In a new paper, they’ve theorized that a number of inexplicable flickering lights observed over the decades may be “interstellar communication lasers,” used to send messages from one end of outer space to the other.

They say the blinking lights are most likely derived from “natural, if somewhat extreme astrophysical sources,” adding that the finding could change the study of astrophysics forever.

“The implications of finding such objects extend from traditional astrophysics fields to the more exotic searches for evidence of technologically advanced civilizations,” the authors write in their report, recently published in the Astronomical Journal.

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