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Strange Signals Not Coming from Aliens, Astrobiologist Confirms Strange Signals Not Coming from Aliens, Astrobiologist Confirms

Strange Signals Not Coming from Aliens, Astrobiologist Confirms

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Located in the constellation of Virgo, Ross 128 is a red dwarf star with no known planets surrounding it. Since it is 10.89 light years from Earth, Ross 128 is not visible to the naked eye, but researchers have been watching it since 1926, when it was discovered by astronomer Frank Elmore Ross.

In mid-May, Ross 128 had a brief turn in the worldwide spotlight after astronomers reported strange signals coming from the star. At the time, experts were unable to definitively state that the signals weren’t a sign of alien activity, although researchers continued to search for the root cause. By late July, though, the cause had finally been determined, to the disappointment of those who search for signs of extraterrestrial life.

The news came from an astrobiologist at the University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo. As he explained to Business Insider, the sounds appear to be coming from at least one geostationary satellite, which orbits 22,236 miles above our planet. The satellite was likely blocking the telescope’s view, making it appear as though the signals were coming from the star. The astrobiologist noted that some satellites communicate at the frequencies that were thought to come from Ross 128.

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Stephanie Faris

Stephanie is a freelance writer and novelist whose work has appeared on NYPost.com, PSMag.com, the Intuit Small Business Blog, and many others. She is the Simon & Schuster author of 8 children's books, including the Piper Morgan chapter book series, 25 Roses, and 30 Days of No Gossip.

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