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Astronomers may have found giant alien 'megastructures' orbiting star near the Milky Way

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posted on Oct, 15 2015 @ 09:57 AM
This is kinda exciting

A star identified by the Kepler Space Telescope may harbour structures which could point to an advanced technological civilisation

A large cluster of objects in space look like something you would "expect an alien civilization to build", astronomers have said.
Jason Wright, an astronomer from Penn State University, is set to publish a report on the “bizarre” star system suggesting the objects could be a “swarm of megastructures”, according to a new report.
"I was fascinated by how crazy it looked," Wright told The Atlantic. "Aliens should always be the very last hypothesis you consider, but this looked like something you would expect an alien civilisation to build."
The snappily named KIC 8462852 star lies just above the Milky Way between the constellations Cygnus and Lyra. It first attracted the attention of astronomers in 2009 when the Kepler Space Telescope identified it as a candidate for having orbiting Earth-like planets. But KIC 8462852 was emitting a stranger light pattern than any of the other stars in Kepler’s search for habitable planets.

Jason Wright an astronomer from Penn State University and his colleague Andrew Siemion, the Director of SETI (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) have got involved. Now the possibility that the objects were created by intelligent creatures is being taken very seriously by the team.

As civilisations become more technologically advanced, they create new and better ways of collecting energy — with the end result being the harnessing of energy directly from their star. If the speculation about a megastructure being placed around the star system is correct, it could for instance be a huge set of solar panels placed around the star, scientists say.

The three astronomers want to point a radio dish at the star to look for wavelengths associated with technological civilisations. And the first observations could be ready to take place as early as January, with follow-up observations potentially coming even quicker.

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edit on 15-10-2015 by Lady_Tuatha because: typo

posted on Oct, 15 2015 @ 10:02 AM
a reply to: Lady_Tuatha

Unfortunately it's something like 1,080 light years away, very cool nonetheless.

I wonder what else could possibly be causing the unusual light

posted on Oct, 15 2015 @ 10:05 AM
a reply to: FamCore

They do mention another possibility being that a star had pulled a string of comets close to KIC 8462852. But even this would involve an incredibly improbable coincidence.

posted on Oct, 15 2015 @ 10:06 AM
Goes effin fast from Swallowing light to, yay, Alien mega structures.

Consistency isnt a trademark is it

posted on Oct, 15 2015 @ 10:08 AM
a reply to: FamCore

Maybe they jailbreaked their sun and now they've got it pumping out energy in way they can harness.

I believe that the second we observe them, that they are instantly aware of our observation and now we are a target.

They're probably amassing their Space Navy as we speak to come and attack us...

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