A team of international scientists from the University of Puerto Rico has tracked down ‘extremely wired’ radio bursts coming from a red dwarf planet, located some 11 light years away from the earth. While analyzing the data, recorded by Arecibo Radio Telescope, researchers detected alien radio signals, coming from the environs of a nearby red dwarf star.
Of all the strange things and elements in the Universe, radio bursts or commonly known as radio signals are perhaps the weirdest to decipher. Such signals not only are most elusive and explosive but also produce energy as much as 50 million suns. The detection of such mysterious signals is expected to provide solid evidence and advancement to the existing alien technology. Now with a notable step forward for this technology, scientists from the University of Puerto Rico have spotted a new yet incredibly strange signal, coming from a nearby red dwarf star, known as Ross 128.
Researchers from the University of Puerto Rico were analysing the data, received from Arecibo Observatory for monitoring red dwarf star including Ross 128, Gliese 436, HD 95735, Wolf 359, BD +202465, V* RY Sex, and K2-18 in between April and May 2017 and two weeks after the observation, they came across very peculiar signals, coming from Rose 128. Ross 128 is a red dwarf star, located in the equatorial zodiac constellation of Virgo, the virgin. The approximate magnitude of the remote planet is nearly 11.13, which makes it extremely faint to be witnessed with the naked eyes.
The signals were monitored on 12th May 2017 at 8:53 PM AST (2017/05/13 00:53:55 UTC). As explained by Abel Mendez, the director of the Planetary Habitability Laboratory at the University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo, “The signals, coming from Rose 128 featured of broadband quasi-periodic non-polarized pulses which were clubbed with extremely robust dispersion-like characteristics. As we believe, the signals are not any kind of local Radio Frequency Interferences (RFI). They are exclusive to Ross 128 as no other examined planet and stars have shown such indications.”
The detection has grabbed millions of eyeballs and has taken the internet by storm, as the speculations about the possible presence of alien life on dwarf star have been mounting like never before. However, the discoverer team is giving their best attempts to put such rumours to rest as there is no possibility of the presence of extraterrestrial lives on Ross 128.
But denying to such mounting rumours, Abel Mendez wrote in the blog post, “The discovered radio bursts are no doubt tormenting, but they are most probably not transmitted by the talkative aliens”.
As wrote by Abel Mendez, “the source of these strange radio bursts are yet a mystery to us. But there are three primary likelihoods for these bursts. They are either being emitted as similar to the process solar flares are emitted, or they are might be produced from a new unknown celestial object, located in the meadow of view of Ross 128 or they might be just a burst, coming from a high orbit satellite.
Now scientists at the Arecibo Observatory have pooled resources with astronomers from SETI (Search for Extra Terrestrial Life) to decode the mystery of new radio bursts. The researcher is now gearing up for observing the star for the second time late Sunday, where they will employ Allen Telescope Array and the Green Bank Telescope for monitoring.