Midnight In The Desert — KIC 8462852

Magnetic-Field 'Avalanches' May Explain 'Alien Megastructure' Star

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Magnetic-Field 'Avalanches' May Explain 'Alien Megastructure' Star

The darkening of a mysterious star, which might be due to "alien megastructures," according to some researchers' theories, might instead be due to avalanche-like magnetic activity within the star, a new study finds. In 2015, a star named KIC 8462852 made news when researchers noticed unusual fluctuations in the object's light. The star is an otherwise-normal F-type star — slightly larger and hotter than Earth's sun — that sits about 1,480 light-years away from Earth, in the constellation Cygnus. However, when they analyzed data from NASA's Kepler space telescope, astronomer Tabetha "Tabby" Boyajian of Yale University in Connecticut and her...

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Scientists Disproving Alien Megastructure Hypothesis Made Another Discovery

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Scientists Disproving Alien Megastructure Hypothesis Made Another Discovery

Ajoint investigation between scientists from the Center for SETI Research at the SETI Institute and METI International resulted in the discovery of exactly zero radio transmissions emanating from KIC 8462852, aka Tabby’s Star, aka that “alien megastructures” star everyone freaked out about late last year. According to new findings published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters, we still haven’t found signs of extraterrestrial intelligence. Our cold streak continues. In case you don’t remember, there was a big hooplah last fall when Jason Wright, an astronomer at Penn State University, dropped a small suggestion that strange stellar light patterns glowing from Tabby’s...

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Are ALIENS living in a massive base near the 'most mysterious star in the galaxy'?

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Are ALIENS living in a massive base near the 'most mysterious star in the galaxy'?

It's a claim so astonishing that it seems impossible to take seriously. But astronomers weren't joking when they said an "alien megastructure" could be orbiting a far-away sun. Now a group of stargazers has launched a bid to raise enough cash to solve the riddle of the "most mysterious star in the galaxy", which has the official name of KIC 8462852 but is more commonly called Tabby's Star. A team from Yale University has launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding bid to raise $100,000 "to secure the telescope time necessary to solve the mystery". "There is still no widely accepted theory to...

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You Can Help Scientists Find Out If This Star Is Hiding Alien Megastructures

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You Can Help Scientists Find Out If This Star Is Hiding Alien Megastructures

A star 1,480 light-years away from Earth is at the center of a big scientific conundrum over whether its weird light patterns could indicate intelligent life around it. And it's possible that nobody would have noticed the star's weird behavior if it hadn't been for crowd sourcing. It was a group of citizen scientists who noticed that the star KIC 8462852 occasionally dims by as much as 20 percent. That's way too big to be a passing planet, and scientists are at a loss to explain it. Some have suggested a group of mega-comets is passing in front of the...

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New study supports natural causes, not alien activity, explain mystery star's behavior

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New study supports natural causes, not alien activity, explain mystery star's behavior

Sorry, E.T. lovers, but the results of a new study make it far less likely that KIC 8462852, popularly known as Tabby's star, is the home of industrious aliens who are gradually enclosing it in a vast shell called a Dyson sphere. Public interest in the star, which sits about 1,480 light-years away in the constellation Cygnus, began last fall when Yale astronomer Tabetha ("Tabby") Boyajian and colleagues posted a paper on an astronomy preprint server reporting that "planet hunters" - a citizen science group formed to search data from the Kepler space telescope for evidence of exoplanets - had...

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