'Bizarre' Kepler discovery could be alien megastructure


A team of astronomers using the Kepler Space Telescope has discovered a star with some very unstar-like behavior – and it’s causing a lot of buzz.

For four years a team studied the star and concluded that yes, indeed, it was behaving in a way they had never seen, with dips in its light patterns that resemble what some are saying could be proof of an alien civilization.

Maybe.

The team began studying the star, called KIC8462852, in 2009, looking for patterns in its light that might be evidence of planets or other bodies orbiting the star.

>> Read more trending stories

What they found are what appear to be large masses of “matter” randomly blocking the light emitted by the star by as much as 22 percent.

According to an article by Slate, even Jupiter only dims the sun’s light by 1 percent. So these are much, much larger objects.

What could they be?

One far-fetched theory posits that the objects are enormous solar panels that have been installed, or are in the process of being installed, around the star to harness its energy.

The authors of the paper about the star have not implied that the behavior of the star is due to alien life forms. The internet has taken care of that. Still, the star is very, very unusual.

>> Read more trending stories

Even “bizarre.”

“We’d never seen anything like this star,” researcher Tabitha Boyajian said in The Atlantic. “It was really weird.”


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Nation World

WATCH: 13-year-old leads deputies on 100 MPH chase in Houston 

A 13-year-old boy was arrested after leading Houston deputies on a high-speed chase that lasted more than 20 miles in a stolen vehicle. It was not until the teenager crashed the vehicle that officials discovered he was only in the sixth grade, Houston-based television station KTRK reports. The chase began after the teen was spotted going 60 mph in...
Springfield Memorial Day parade will have new route
Springfield Memorial Day parade will have new route

If you’re planning on attending Springfield’s Memorial Day parade on Monday — make sure you know about the new route. The new path will start near Veteran’s Bridge, make a left on North Fountain Ave., another left on McCreight Ave. and a final left turn on Plum Street with the end circling back to Veteran’s Park. The change...
Adam Levine, James Corden pulled over by cop in ‘Carpool Karaoke’ episode
Adam Levine, James Corden pulled over by cop in ‘Carpool Karaoke’ episode

Adam Levine is the latest musician to join late-night talk show host James Corden for an episode of “Carpool Karaoke,” but they may have had too much fun. In a promo clip for the episode, which aired Thursday, Levine and Corden sing along to the Maroon 5 lead singer’s song “Moves Like Jagger,” but at one point...
SeaWorld, Busch Gardens: Free admission available for veterans now through July 4
SeaWorld, Busch Gardens: Free admission available for veterans now through July 4

From now through July 4, U.S. veterans and up to three guests can get free admission to SeaWorld Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay as well as other SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment properties across the U.S. SeaWorld said in a news release that this new offer joins the ongoing Waves of Honor program that offers complimentary admission to any U.S. active...
25th James Bond film, 5th with Daniel Craig, to be directed by Danny Boyle
25th James Bond film, 5th with Daniel Craig, to be directed by Danny Boyle

Academy Award-winner Danny Boyle will direct the 25th James Bond film, the spy film franchise confirmed the news on Twitter Friday. In August, Daniel Craig confirmed during an appearance on “The Late Show” that he would return as Bond in the franchise, which will be distributed internationally by Universal, according to Variety. >...
More Stories