Astronomers detect strange signals coming from star 11 light years away

Astronomers detect strange signals coming from star 11 light years away

A "peculiar" signal has been detected from a star just 11 light years away from Earth - with unusual "almost periodic" bursts of radio waves.

Unusual signals emitted from a nearby star have been spotted by astronomers.

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

"The star was observed for 10 minutes using the Arecibo Observatory - a massive radio telescope in a sink hole in Puerto Rico", Abel Mendez an astrobiologist from the University of Puerto Rico stated, Express reported.

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.

"In case you are wondering, the recurrent aliens hypothesis is at the bottom of many other better explanations", Mendez told "Business Insider".

He said the signals may have come from some kind of man-made object in space, such as a satellite. This finding has been revealed to SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) - an alien-hunting authority.

Mr Mendez will also continue to monitor the star, but says that the only way they will be able to explain it is if they discover the same signal.

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".

He said: "Success will be to find the signal again in the star but not in its surrounding [s]".

Seth Shostak, senior astronomer at the SETI Institute, said that they are "well aware of the signals" and hope to use California's powerful Allen Telescope Array to "check them out".

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