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Scientists In A Frenzy Over Alien ‘Megastructure’ Near Milky Way

Published on October 22, 2015 by   ·   No Comments

Scientists are excited at the potential discovery of an 'alien megastructure' somewhere near our own Milky Way

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A new star very close to the Milky Way galaxy has been discovered that scientists have said contains a “swarm of megastructures,” that were probably built by aliens. 

The star, named KIC 8462852, has a very “unusual flickering habit” that have left scientists excited about the possibility that it is home to alien lifeforms.

Washingtonpost.com reports:

To Wright, it looked like the kind of star he and his colleagues had been waiting for. If none of the ordinary reasons for the star’s flux quite seemed to fit, perhaps an extraordinary one was in order.

Aliens.

Or, to be more specific, something built by aliens — a “swarm of megastructures,” as he told the Atlantic, likely outfitted with solar panels to collect energy from the star.

“When [Boyajian] showed me the data, I was fascinated by how crazy it looked,” Wright said. “Aliens should always be the very last hypothesis you consider, but this looked like something you would expect an alien civilization to build.”

To be sure, both Boyajian and Wright believe the possibility of alien megastructures around KIC 8462852 is very, very remote. It’s worthy of hypothesis, Wright told Slate, “but we should also approach it skeptically.”

Yet compared to the vast majority of supposed sightings of signs of extraterrestrial life, this one has some credibility. Here’s why:

KIC 8462852 was discovered through Planet Hunters, a citizen science program launched at Yale University in 2010. Using data from the Kepler Space Telescope, volunteers sift through records of brightness levels from roughly 150,000 stars beyond our solar system.

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