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Astronomers searching for extraterrestrial life are currently investigating an mysterious radio signal that appears to have come from the direction of Proxima Centauri, the nearest star to the sun. It was detected during 30 hours of observations by the Parkes telescope in Australia in April and May last year. Their current analysis of the beam has not yet confirmed whether it could be just ground-based equipment or a passing satellite. Read more for two videos and additional information.
The direction of the narrow beam is around 980MHz and a shift in its frequency is said to be consistent with the movement of a planet, which adds to the mystery. Astronomers are now preparing to write a paper on the beam, named BLC1, for Breakthrough Listen, the project to search for evidence of life in space. The beam comes from Proxima Centauri, a red dwarf star 4.2 light years from Earth, and is the first serious candidate since the ‘Wow! signal’.
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