Astronomers find strange signal from less than 100 light-years

The RATAN-600 radio telescope in Zelenchukskaya, southern Russia.
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Date:31 August 2016 Tags:, , , ,

A strange signal coming from a star less than 100 light-years away has been observed by astronomers in Russia. This announcement is said to have excited SETI scientists from all over the world with the possibility of an alien civilization existing – but there is a strong possibility that the signal is not from another civilisation at all.

Although the signal’s observation was announced this weekend by Paul Gilster of Centauri Dreams, it was observed a year ago. The strange signal was observed at the RATAN-600 telescope in southern Russia and over the last year astronomers have been finding out as much as they can about it.

The signal originated from HD 164595, a star located about 95 light-years away from Earth. The star is almost as large as the Sun and thus far only one planet has been observed orbiting it. The planet, called HD 164595 b, is about the size of Neptune and has a 40-day year.

Take a look at the video above compiled by New Scientist that explains exactly why we shouldn’t get too excited about the signal.

The findings around the strange signal will be announced at the International Astronautical Congress in September.

Source: Centauri Dreams via Popular Mechanics USA

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