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Post by veya_victaous on Mon Aug 08, 2016 3:13 am

A MYSTERIOUSLY pulsing star just keeps getting more mysterious. Giant clouds of comets? Enormous alien solar panels? A year after its discovery, new evidence still doesn’t add up.

A new paper published to the open source science journal arXiv has scoured all the data recorded by the Kepler space telescope since it was launched in 2009 for any trace of KIC 8462852.

The star — and its strange behaviour — began to be captured by Kepler’s high-precision imaging from 2011.

The study shows it has dimmed overall by a startling degree over the four years it was in the space telescope’s field of view.

This is over and above the huge — but short lived — dips in the star’s light detected in 2011 and 2013.

How a star could dim so fast, yet alone ‘pulse’ in an erratic, non-predictable way, remains a mystery.

If it was a planet, or even a series of planets, the interval would be rhythmical. Measurable. Predictable.

KIC 8462852 (otherwise known as ‘Tabby’s Star’ after its discoverer Tabetha Boyajian) has an erratic glow. What’s more, it’s getting dimmer over time.

These ‘red flags’ were highlighted as early as the 1960s as a possible sign of an immensely advanced alien civilisation.

Such a society would have enormous energy needs in order to span interstellar distances. To meet these needs, one option would be to build a solar-system spanning sphere of solar panels capable of harvesting every photon their home star emits.

The concept was dubbed a “Dyson sphere” after the name of its creator.

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Post by HoratioTarr on Mon Aug 08, 2016 2:45 pm

Well, there has to be life elsewhere in this universe. If we exist, then they do.
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Post by veya_victaous on Mon Aug 08, 2016 11:05 pm

Even if it isn't aliens it is something unexplainable but what we currently beleive to be the laws of natural physics.
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Post by Guest on Tue Aug 09, 2016 12:33 am

veya_victaous wrote:
A MYSTERIOUSLY pulsing star just keeps getting more mysterious. Giant clouds of comets? Enormous alien solar panels? A year after its discovery, new evidence still doesn’t add up.

A new paper published to the open source science journal arXiv has scoured all the data recorded by the Kepler space telescope since it was launched in 2009 for any trace of KIC 8462852.

The star — and its strange behaviour — began to be captured by Kepler’s high-precision imaging from 2011.

The study shows it has dimmed overall by a startling degree over the four years it was in the space telescope’s field of view.

This is over and above the huge — but short lived — dips in the star’s light detected in 2011 and 2013.

How a star could dim so fast, yet alone ‘pulse’ in an erratic, non-predictable way, remains a mystery.

If it was a planet, or even a series of planets, the interval would be rhythmical. Measurable. Predictable.

KIC 8462852 (otherwise known as ‘Tabby’s Star’ after its discoverer Tabetha Boyajian) has an erratic glow. What’s more, it’s getting dimmer over time.

These ‘red flags’ were highlighted as early as the 1960s as a possible sign of an immensely advanced alien civilisation.

Such a society would have enormous energy needs in order to span interstellar distances. To meet these needs, one option would be to build a solar-system spanning sphere of solar panels capable of harvesting every photon their home star emits.

The concept was dubbed a “Dyson sphere” after the name of its creator.

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Source?
I cannot find one above
Did you copy across properly?

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Post by veya_victaous on Tue Aug 09, 2016 12:38 am

Didge wrote:

Source?
I cannot find one above
Did you copy across properly?

http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/space/alien-megastructure-flickering-star-kic-8463853-wont-give-up-its-dark-secret/news-story/31bee8a46d5b177858dc4a1ad020e403

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Post by Guest on Tue Aug 09, 2016 12:41 am

So basically its just a lot of speculation over something we just have not scientifically understood yet?

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Post by veya_victaous on Tue Aug 09, 2016 12:56 am

Didge wrote:So basically its just a lot of speculation over something we just have not scientifically understood yet?

Yes but the longer we watch it the weirder it gets, now we are up to near 50 years of observation.

Something around the star seems to be 'consuming' it's energy, but whatever it is, it not large enough to register a gravitational field we can measure (ruling out black holes etc) and normally if there is some other celestial body interfering in our readings we can work out a pattern based on their Solar Oscillation. 50 years’ worth of readings with no discernible pattern is so rare as to be unique to this case.

And It has Huge implication for our understanding of time, space and energy.
if it is natural, then we literally have to throw away most of Einstein’s work and things like Nukes shouldn't work.
Carbon dating would be hugely inaccurate, basically most of our knowledge that relies on Radiation and decay theories needs to be questioned.

And as we have been successful in utilising these theories it does seem unlikely we got them that wrong, which then suggests the alternative an 'unnatural reason' the most obvious being a species more advanced then ourselves that has mastered harvesting solar radiation for energy.



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