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SPACE NEWS: Alien hunting astronomers analysing mysterious radio signal picked by Parkes observatory in Western NSW

Astronomers listening out for signs alien life have received a mysterious radio signal originating from the general vicinity of Proxima Centauri – one of Earth’s closest neighbours.

And it has no obvious explanation raising the possibility the transmission is an alien signal.

Proxima Centauri is just 4.2 light-years away from Earth and is also the nearest star to the sun.

The signal was received amid 30 hours of observation in 2019 by astronomers at the Parkes Observatory in NSW.

It was then identified just a couple of months ago, as researchers trawled through the data, with its very narrow frequency of 982 MHz suggesting technological rather than natural origins.

The exciting discovery was only publicly revealed this week in news leaked to the British Guardian newspaper.

Proxima b planet, orbiting Proxima Centauri, a red dwarf Star. Credit: Universal Images Group via Getty

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