Scientists Even More Confused By Potential Alien Superstructure

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  1. nivek

    nivek As Above So Below

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    What do you think is the cause of this star's unusually diminishing light?...Is it a Dyson sphere of some sort or any type alien structure blocking light from this star?

    I think it's quite possible although the chances of us discovering an alien structure is quite slim given our current technological means...

    Scientists Are Now Even More Confused By Potential "Alien Superstructure"
     
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  2. Toroid

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    It's presumed there might be an alien megastructure around this star because of its unusual dimming.

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  3. nivek

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    I'm a little confused by this too, I don't know what to think could be causing this 'tabby star' dimming...If it is something nature it's a first of its kind that we've discovered but if it's alien it's also the first of its kind that we've discovered.
     
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  4. Castle-Yankee54

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    Assuming the technology of measuring the luminosity of the stars was as good 100 years ago....how do we know the star isn't just dimming naturally.
     
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  5. dr wu

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    It simply shows how much we have yet to learn about stars and our own galaxy. There isn't any evidence at all for a superstructure. That is a complete guess.....more for the fun of it I suspect.
     
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  6. Castle-Yankee54

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    That sounds about right......:Thumbsup:
     
  7. SOUL-DRIFTER

    SOUL-DRIFTER Life Long Researcher

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    KIC 8462852 is an F-type main-sequence star.
    It is a little bigger and a little hotter.
    Many think that is not a good candidate for life anyway.
     
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  8. nivek

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    There's a possible plausible explanation now...

    Tabby's star may NOT be caused by an 'alien megastructure' | Daily Mail Online
     
  9. nivek

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    Here's an interesting read...

    How Big Would an 'Alien Megastructure' Have to Be?

    A bizarre flicker of light from space led to the discovery of a still-mysterious star called KIC 8462852, otherwise known as "Tabby's Star," "Boyajian's Star" or the star surrounded by an "alien megastructure."

    The star and its weird flicker have been generating headlines since 2015, when the object was first observed. That year, the Kepler Space Telescope, which trails Earth as the planet orbits the sun, was looking for Earth-like planets around thousands of stars when it spotted KIC 8462852.

    Ordinarily, a planet that passes in front of a star dims the light reaching Earth from that star, a small dip that recurs at regular intervals. KIC 8462852 didn't have that sort of dimming. For starters, the star dimmed more than it would if a planet were passing in front of it; planets might cut a star's brightness by 1 percent if they are huge, like Jupiter.

    KIC 8462852's light dipped by up to 22 percent. On top of that, the pattern of changes wasn't regular, as it would be if a planet were passing in front of the star.

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    There are several ideas about what the source of the brightness changes could be. Explanations include fragments of comets, a Saturn-like ringed planet or an asteroid field produced as a planet disintegrates. Generally, astronomers don't think it's aliens. And lately, some researchers have proposed that it is an irregularly shaped dust cloud.

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  10. August

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    Tabby's Star needs some serious watching .
     
  11. CasualBystander

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    It could use some humorous watching as well.

    Current theory is it is a swarm of debris of some kind that causes the effect.
     

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