The public interest for #Alien Life discovery has recently heightened when astronomers detected some mysterious signal from a nearby dim star known as the Ross 128. The reason? The "weird signal” seemed to have hinted the possibility of extraterrestrial (ET) existence.

Experts, however, have finally confirmed that the signal does not suggest the discovery of aliens. Instead, the signal was an interference from a distant satellite.

"Weird" signal finally explained

After calling the experts when it comes to extraterrestrial life at The SETI Berkeley Research Center at the University of California, University of Puerto Rico’s Planetary Habitability Laboratory (at Arecibo) director and planetary astrobiologist Abel Mendez finally offered an explanation to the strange signal.

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According to Phys.org, Mendez and his team are confident to say the signals are “transmissions from one or more geostationary satellites.”

Mendez added the signals were only detected around Ross 128, a “red dwarf some 11 light-years away,” because the star is located near “the celestial equator where many geostationary satellites” are positioned. He added that more than 60 astronomers believed that the signals were most likely some “stellar activity or some kind of astronomical phenomenon.”

Why humans are looking for aliens

It’s a given fact that many #Humans believed that we are not the only species in the universe. That is why scientists have been diligently looking for signs of extraterrestrial existence.

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Thanks to SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) and the Breakthrough Listen initiative, experts were able to search space for any evidence.

In the past decades, experts have proved that there are other planets that orbit stars in the same way that the Earth orbits the Sun. They also found that at least 20 planets could possibly have “conditions suitable for life.” But why are we so obsessed in searching for #aliens?

Perhaps humans, or say experts, are interested in other forms of life outside of the Earth to find the answers to our origin or the reason for our own existence. According to science, “all the atoms in our bodies and the environment around us came from nuclear fusion reactions in ancient stars and supernova explosions, where heavier elements are made by fusing smaller atoms together.”

When these “elements came together on Earth under the right conditions,” it created life. With that said, finding alien life could prove the possibility that the same atoms existed on other planets and created other life forms somewhere in space.

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Prediction of possible ET discovery

Meanwhile, it has been predicted that humans might discover ET existence in the next decade — the 2020s, citing the thriving modernization of technology. In fact, SETI Institute Interstellar Message Composition director Douglas Vakosh seemed to have agreed with the prediction, saying the “the chances are getting better” each year. He added, “Within the next decade, we may well discover we’re not alone in the universe.”

The discovery, however, may not be “an advanced civilization.” Astronomy researcher Chris Impey also believed that experts might detect “intelligent life” but instead, they will find “microbial life in 10 to 15 years.”