Astronomers Intercept “Really Clear Signals” Coming From Earth-Like Exoplanet That’s Located “Next-Door” to Us

Astronomers Intercept “Really Clear Signals” Coming From Earth-Like Exoplanet That’s Located “Next-Door” to Us

Astronomers had always been hoping to intercept signals coming from advanced alien species. Exoplanets that have similar traits to Earth are likely the ideal places for finding life.

According to, researchers have found very clear signals coming from a star system that contains a planet similar to our own. Furthermore, the star system is located only 35 light-years away from Earth, which practically means next-door if we judge by an astronomical scale. However, there’s no proof that the signals are caused by another species.

L 98-59 enters the cosmic scene

L 98-59 is the bright M dwarf star from the planetary system in question, and the signals coming from it were intercepted by astronomers after they’ve used the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS).

Diana Dragomir is an exoplanetologist from the University of New Mexico, and she declared as quoted by

There was quite some detective work involved, and the right people were there at the right time,

But we were lucky, and we caught the signals, and they were really clear.

The planetary system has been under the spotlight for astronomers before. When they discovered it, it was shocking to find out that the system has plenty of intriguing similarities to ours and that it’s located so close to Earth.

One of the planets that revolve around L98-95 likely has oceans. There’s a minimum of four rocky planets as well. If it doesn’t already sound too familiar to you, what else could? Our Solar System has four rocky planets: Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars.

The L98-59 star is located in the constellation of Volans, which is placed in the southern part of the sky.

Cristian Antonescu

Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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