Mystery of the star Ross 128: three hypotheses about the nature of strange signals

(ORDO NEWS) — The star Ross 128, 11 light-years away, is behaving strangely, and astronomers are trying to figure out what’s going on.

Astronomers are surprised by the signals coming from the star Ross 128, which is located 11 light years from Earth.

These signals are observed at higher frequencies than a normal radio signal from a star and propagate in all directions. Their structure, permanence and immobility show that they cannot come from near-Earth satellites.

Ross 128 is an active flare star, and so far these flares are the main hypothesis of what is happening to it now. True, there is one thing: the signal is not like any of the outbursts that astronomers have recorded so far, since all the activity of the star takes place at much lower altitudes.

That is, while scientists believe that the new signal is a sign of a new class of stellar flare.

There are a couple more hypotheses, and both of them are based on the assumption that the signal does not come from Ross 128.

According to one version, there is another signal source in the zone, for example, a background star. According to another, the cause of the anomaly is a satellite in high orbit. This may explain why the signal does not move (as it would in the case of a satellite closer to the Earth), but here its frequency does not clarify at all.

And yes, there is another explanation that has not yet been discounted. Abel Mendez, director of the Planetary Habitability Laboratory at Arecibo, comments: “We need to discard all other probabilities before moving on to aliens, but nothing is certain yet.”

But even if these are not aliens, in any case, we have a completely new type of red dwarf activity, which is Ross 128, which in itself is a completely unique phenomenon.


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