Crazy Star Sparks Interstellar Discussion of Aliens


Some people believe in aliens and some people don’t, but science has a few facts that may change your mind to thinking that they do. There are some ultra-weird results about an alien mega structure-star that will have you saying, “Take me to your leader!” 

The world went crazy last year because of a certain star in the sky. This thing was flickering and dimming extremely erratically. Scientists couldn’t explain it practically and immediately people started to think about extraterrestrial life and if they could be responsible for the flickering mega structural star. One scientist went so far as to say that it was an alien structure.

Don’t get your hopes up too soon though because NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope spent 1,600 days observing the star. Things have gotten a lot crazier, although follow-up studies attest to the fact that there isn’t any proof of alien activity.

Ben Montet is a researcher from Caltech. He was interviewed by Maddie Stone at Gizmodo and said, “"We spent a long time trying to convince ourselves this wasn’t real. We just weren’t able to.”

After the results of the observations other members of the astronomical community did their best to figure out what the hell was going on up there. Basically Kepler saw that Tabby’s star or KIC 8462852 was dimming at an incredible rate. The doubt of natural dimming came from the rate of it. The quickness and almost inhuman amount of flickering. The leading hypothesis was that comet swarms or effects of a warped star in general. This didn’t lead to evidence of an alien mega structure, but the internet wanted to run with it. The barstool scientists of the internet decided that an ancient civilization was trying to build something massive. Some said it was a crazy Dyson sphere that would serve as an incredible source of power for the planet they call home, or their star.

What actually is happening might be a combination of strange things in the cosmos that have never happened before. Data from the Kepler telescope saw that the star’s light output dipped by 20 percent. For the first 1,000 days of the experiment the luminosity only dropped about 0.34 percent per year. The star then dimmed more than 2 percent over the next 200 days. Researchers analyzed the data via 193 nearby stars and 355 stars that were similar to Tabby’s star in general. They couldn’t find anything that was worth comparing to Tabby’s star. There’s just nothing like it. 

Apparently we still don’t really know what’s going on with this star, but the likely answer isn’t aliens, it’s a combination of different factors that are continuing to be studied further. Jason Wright a Penn State Researcher who championed the alien mega structure theory said, "The new paper states, and I agree, that we don’t have any really good models for this sort of behavior. That’s exciting!"

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