"We know that something strange is going on out there."

Strange star found


Thu, Oct 15th, 2015 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Located between the Cygnus and Lyra constellations, and visible only to the Kepler Space Telescope, a bizarre star has been found that emits an unusual pattern of light dips — light dips are used to determine when a planet goes in front of the star — that seems to indicate that "there is a big mess of matter circling the star, in tight formation." Some suggest these may be structures built by alien civilizations.

Jason Wright, an astronomer from Penn State University, is set to publish an alternative interpretation of the light pattern. SETI researchers have long suggested that we might be able to detect distant extraterrestrial civilizations, by looking for enormous technological artifacts orbiting other stars. Wright and his co-authors say the unusual star’s light pattern is consistent with a “swarm of megastructures,” perhaps stellar-light collectors, technology designed to catch energy from the star.

“When [Boyajian] showed me the data, I was fascinated by how crazy it looked,” Wright told me. “Aliens should always be the very last hypothesis you consider, but this looked like something you would expect an alien civilization to build.”



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