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'Alien structure' found around distant star?


Posted on Wednesday, 14 October, 2015 | Comment icon 383 comments

Could there be an artificial structure around the star ? Image Credit: NASA / Rick Guidice
Astronomers have been left puzzled by a star that appears to have an unexplained mass orbiting around it.
Located 1,480 light years from the Earth, the star has been of interest to scientists ever since the Kepler Space Telescope first picked it up between the constellations Cygnus and Lyra in 2009.

The star emits a light pattern similar to what would be expected if it had a planet in orbit around it, however in this case the pattern is quite unlike anything that anyone has ever seen before.

The pattern is indicative of a large, tightly packed assortment of matter - something that would be expected if the star were young - but as it happens this particular star is not young at all.

So what is the peculiar mass in orbit around it and why hasn't it disappeared by now ?
The discovery has been deemed so unusual in fact that some scientists have put forward the notion that we might be looking at some sort of gigantic structure built by an alien civilization.

SETI ( The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence ) has previously suggested that we might be able to find evidence of advanced extraterrestrials by seeking out their 'megastructures' in space.

According to astronomer Jason Wright this particular find might actually fit the bill.

"When [I was shown] the data, I was fascinated by how crazy it looked," he said.

"Aliens should always be the very last hypothesis you consider, but this looked like something you would expect an alien civilization to build."


Source: The Atlantic | Comments (383)


Tags: Star, Extraterrestrial


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #374 Posted by qxcontinuum on 10 October, 2017, 13:43
well "we suspect to be a large cloud of dust" is different than; we observed or we saw a large cloud of dust ! ...  
Comment icon #375 Posted by Golden Duck on 10 October, 2017, 23:38
Yeah... but, that suspicion is based on a "smoking gun"... http://www.newsnation.in/science-news/aliens-megastructure-mystery-star-tabetha-boyajian-may-finally-be-settled-nasas-scientist-shocked-article-183932.html So what is your contention with "the smoking gun"?
Comment icon #376 Posted by Merc14 on 11 October, 2017, 0:35
You are truly one of a kind qx.   
Comment icon #377 Posted by bison on 11 October, 2017, 1:08
The authors of the scientific paper which reveals a dust-like spectrum for the gradual, long term dimming, are careful to admit that this does not explain the star's large, intermittant dips in brightness. Dust that remains in dense clumps, which this sort of dimming would require, is difficult to explain as an astrophysical phenomenon.      
Comment icon #378 Posted by Chrismoh67 on 14 October, 2017, 15:51
what about aliens instead of alien megastructure?what about some sort of space algae,or a swarm of creatures that feed of the energy of the star.unlikely,but haven't heard that theory.  
Comment icon #379 Posted by micky 32 on 14 October, 2017, 20:39
So the conclusion definately nothing to do with aliens? Shame... oh well,
Comment icon #380 Posted by Adampadum123 on 15 October, 2017, 1:09
It's definitely unusual.but without further evidence and study it's all just guess work.whos to say it's not an alien race throwing a massive party 
Comment icon #381 Posted by Orphalesion on 5 January, 2018, 17:21
Well poop, would have been exiting if it really had been some alien mega structure. Of course this was always the most likely outcome, still it's fun to hope and be exited.
Comment icon #382 Posted by seanjo on 5 January, 2018, 17:22
The simplest most logical explanations generally pan out.
Comment icon #383 Posted by odiesbsc on 6 January, 2018, 18:18
It's just like our sun. you can see it in the daytime and can't see it at night. So Where's the mystery? Foolishness off...


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