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Not a Drill: SETI Is Investigating a Possible Extraterrestrial Signal From Deep Space

If the signal is truly from an alien world, it’s one far more advanced than ours

Jodie Foster as a SETI scientist in the film Contact, based on Carl Sagan’s book about E.T communication.

Jodie Foster as a SETI scientist in the film Contact, based on Carl Sagan’s book about E.T. communication. (Image: Warner Bros)

An international team of scientists from the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) is investigating mysterious signal spikes emitting from a 6.3-billion-year-old star in the constellation Hercules—95 light years away from Earth. The implications are extraordinary and point to the possibility of a civilization far more advanced than our own.

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