Nov 20, 2020

We Might lastly Solve the ‘Alien Mega-structure’ Mystery

  

Good information alien hunters! A Kickstarter to fund a one-year study on KIC 
8462852 - the star most likely voted to host a higher alien civilization - has 
just been funded. Alien megastructure or not, we could finally get to the 
bottom of this bewildering and flickering star.
This crowdfunding movement was set up in May by astronomer Yale Tabby Boyajian
and manages to reach the $ 100,000 goal in just 30 days. A $ 10,000 hike in the 
previous 100 minutes of the campaign managed to put the plan on top. The next 
step is to understand the logistics, but Boyajian, who led the study on 
KIC 8462852, says that the observations could create as early as next summer.
 The ultimate goal of the plan will be to decide why the light from this star
dims at such irregular intervals, and sometimes up to 20 percent. These huge 
drops in brightness are too big to be a passing planet, so the doubt that the 
anomaly is caused by swarms of comets, an indistinct star, an unidentified 
astronomical phenomenon or an alien civilization advanced in the process of 
building a giant solar matrix around the star.Boyajian will now be able to ensure secure year-round access to the global 
network of telescopes at the Las Cumbres observatory. If the system detects 
any additional anomalies, a warning will be sent to other astronomers, who will
then twist their telescopes on the star.
The most important thing right now is for astronomers to get more consistent
data and replicate existing results. KIC 8462852 was first reported by 
scientist citizens who were thoroughly investigated through data collected by 
NASA's Kepler Space Telescope between 2009 and 2013. Some new observations, 
especially incoming signals in real time , they would have been nice. If the 
latest drops in brightness are detected, astronomers should be able to spot 
patterns.Last year, speculation was based on whether KIC 8462852 may or may not be an 
alien megastructure, possibly a Dyson sphere. The star may not be wrapped in a 
Dyson sphere, but that shouldn't stop scientists from looking for signs that 
can show or refute its existence. If this star is obstructed by a megastructure 
under construction, it should emit obvious signals in the form of thermal 
radiation from the black body. The point of a Dyson sphere is to collect solar 
energy, but leaks are likely to occur.
If there is a partial Dyson sphere, we should be able to notice it motionless
in the form of irregular but recognizable emission signatures.

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