Astronomers have discovered a cluster of objects in space, but what fascinates them is that they look like something one would “expect an alien civilization to build.”
The cluster of objects orbits a star – designated as KIC 8462852, between the constellations of Cygnus and Lyra – perhaps the most mysterious star in the Milky Way. Astronomers have observed a cluster of objects of irregular shapes that appear unnatural and probably alien, The Atlantic reports.
The star was first spotted in 2011. It had a strange dimming pattern which was dissimilar to some of the other 150,000 stars that have been discovered and analyzed by the Kepler Space Telescope. The cluster of objects around the star was in a tight formation. This could be expected from a young star, with the surrounding field of dust emanating infrared light; however, KIC 8462852 is not a young star, nor is there presence of infrared light.
“We’d never seen anything like this star,” Tabetha Boyajian, a postdoc at Yale, said. “It was really weird. We thought it might be bad data or movement on the spacecraft, but everything checked out.”
Boyajian, who oversees the “Planet Hunters” project, analyzed several factors in a paper that could explain the existence of the objects. One of these was that the star had pulled a string of comets close to KIC 8462852. However, since this would be a highly coincidental occurrence, another alternative explanation has surfaced to explain the phenomenon – that the objects around KIC 8462852 aren’t natural at all.
According to Discovery News, it may be likely that an alien civilization exists in our galaxy – since it has existed for more than 13 billion years – that is capable of building megastructures around stars. “When [I was shown] the data, I was fascinated by how crazy it looked,” Jason Wright, an astronomer from Penn State University, said. “Aliens should always be the very last hypothesis you consider, but this looked like something you would expect an alien civilization to build.”
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