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Old 05-21-2017, 01:34 PM
 
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Maybe this weekends observations will prove life outside our solar system. A big maybe but still pretty cool.

The data showed that KIC 8462852 experienced some extreme fluctuations in brightness, way more than what a passing planet would cause. At one point, the star’s light dimmed by up to 20 percent. It was a huge dip, like nothing that had ever been seen before, indicating something big and irregular may be orbiting around the star.

Then in late 2015, astronomer Jason Wright from Penn State suggested a tantalizing scenario for the dips. Perhaps large megastructures created by an alien civilization were orbiting around the star, explaining the weird changes. “Aliens should always be the very last hypothesis you consider,” Wright told The Atlantic at the time, “but this looked like something you would expect an alien civilization to build.” That’s when Tabby’s Star became popularly known as the “alien megastructure” star.


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Old 05-22-2017, 04:31 AM
 
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More charts and stuff from Popular Science

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The researchers suspected another dip was happening yesterday, but this morning the Fairborn Observatory in Arizona confirmed that the star has dimmed by three percent. (By comparison, a Jupiter-sized planet would block one percent of a star's light, at most.) The team has put out a call for amateur astronomers and large observatories to point their scopes at the star and try to collect data. The Swift, Keck, Fairborn, and Lick telescopes are among the observatories who'll helping the effort.
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Old 05-22-2017, 10:08 PM
 
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Maybe this weekends observations will prove life outside our solar system. A big maybe but still pretty cool.

The data showed that KIC 8462852 experienced some extreme fluctuations in brightness, way more than what a passing planet would cause. At one point, the star’s light dimmed by up to 20 percent. It was a huge dip, like nothing that had ever been seen before, indicating something big and irregular may be orbiting around the star.

Then in late 2015, astronomer Jason Wright from Penn State suggested a tantalizing scenario for the dips. Perhaps large megastructures created by an alien civilization were orbiting around the star, explaining the weird changes. “Aliens should always be the very last hypothesis you consider,” Wright told The Atlantic at the time, “but this looked like something you would expect an alien civilization to build.” That’s when Tabby’s Star became popularly known as the “alien megastructure” star.


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Very interesting, but alien? Very unlikely. This Article does a good job of explaining things in layman and logical terms.

NASA's Next Great Telescope Will Settle This Alien Megastructure Mystery For Good
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Old 05-22-2017, 11:05 PM
 
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Very interesting, but alien? Very unlikely. This Article does a good job of explaining things in layman and logical terms.
I think it is very important that scientists do not rule out anything when the evidence presented cannot be explained by a standard verified solution.

In this case several have said that an increase in dimness of this magnitude 20% is currently unexplained by existing science. Now, when it starts to dim again, of course all eyes will be on it because it presents another opportunity for study.

As soon as anyone rules out or at least has a bias against aliens, that immediately limits the possibilities of discovery - which is what science is all about and that is what is the perceived problem with science at the moment.
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