Has an alien signal been picked up or is it something more mundane ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 John Fowler
Astronomers are attempting to determine the nature of a strange signal picked up by a Russian telescope.
First detected over a year ago, the anomalous signal, which is thought to originate 94 light years away in a solar system known as HD 164595, wasn't even reported at all until relatively recently.
Now Seth Shostak of the SETI Institute ( Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence ) has revealed that efforts are underway to investigate the signal for signs that it might have come from aliens.
HD 164595 itself certainly doesn't seem like a particularly promising place to look, especially considering that its one and only known planet is a large and inhospitable Neptune-like world.
Nonetheless, it remains possible that there may be other, smaller planets orbiting the star.
Whether the signal really is coming from intelligent extraterrestrials however remains to be seen.
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