Scientists detect unusual signals coming from dwarf star

Who or what is sending mysterious radio signals from a star lying 11 light years away?

Who or what is sending mysterious radio signals from a star lying 11 light years away?

Astronomers at the University of Puerto Rico detected the weird radio signals in May.

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.

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.

Although unlikely, the possibility that signals came from intelligent extraterrestrial life can not be ruled out yet, said Abel Mendez, an astrobiologist at the University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo.

The star from which these mysterious signals are perceived is a red dwarf star called Ross 128.

He revealed to the Business Insider that official alien hunters - SETI groups - have been informed about these mysterious signals.

He said the signals may have come from some kind of man-made object in space, such as a satellite.

"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".

But, Mr Mendez said in a recent blog post that "we have never seen satellites emit bursts like that" and described the signals as "very peculiar".

"Therefore, we have a mystery here and the three main explanations are as good as any at this moment", the professor said.

A senior astronomer at SETI Institute named Seth Shostak explained that they were well aware of the signals and they wish to use California's powerful Allen Telescope Array to examine them.

"We are not sure if we can get to the bottom of this mystery from just the next observations if that was a rare event".