Vanishing and appearing lights spotted in the sky could be the "interstellar communication lasers" from a technically-developed civilization, a study paper published in the Astronomical Journal suggests.
“The implications of finding such objects extend from traditional astrophysics fields to the more exotic searches for evidence of technologically advanced civilisations,” the authors of “The Vanishing and Appearing Sources during a Century of Observations Project” noted.
The international team of researchers from the University of Stockholm has dedicated their work to the 'red transients', which astronomers have struggled for decades to explain. Apart from aliens, researchers also theorise that it could be vanishing stars.
"Finding an actually vanishing star - or a star that appears out of nowhere! - would be a precious discovery and certainly would include new astrophysics beyond the one we know of today," project leader Beatriz Villarroel said, cited by Fox News, while colleague Martin López Corredoira added, "We believe that they are natural, if somewhat extreme, astrophysical sources."
López Corredoira also pointed out that “none of these events have shown any direct signs of being ETI (extra-terrestrial intelligence).”
There have been an estimated 150,000 examples of these transients over past decades, their blinking behavior remains a scientific mystery.