In our previous post a couple of weeks ago, we uncovered the story behind Kepler Space Telescope’s possibility in unveiling “megastructure” built by aliens as the Atlantic researchers claim that the telescope may have identified a star behaving significantly bizarre.

The star KIC 8462852 found 1480 light-years away was observed to darken at irregular intervals by as much as 20 percent and stays dark for anywhere between 5 to 80 days which is abnormal compared to most stars which dims only for a few hours or days on a regular basis.

The star is so irregular, truth be told, that Penn State space expert and noted outsider seeker Jason Wright recommended it may be blocked by an outsider megastructure. One such development could be a supposed Dyson swarm, an accumulation of gigantic sunlight based boards constructed to tackle an expansive portion of the star’s light yield. In a late paper, Wright called the KIC 8462852 “the most encouraging stellar SETI target found to date.”

Scientists and researchers worked themselves into the chance that the Kepler space telescope may have found the said structure chasing for the technobabble that might prove the wild hypothesis.

Unfortunately, no signs of life was found.

However, there have always been other conceivable clarifications for KIC 8462852. Causes of the occurrence include (1) deforming from spinning really fast, and (2) perhaps it’s orbited by a swarm of comet fragments. Then again quite possibly, the star’s light pattern could be the result of some astrophysical process we don’t yet understand.

“Just because you don’t understand what you’re looking at does not mean it’s aliens.” Neil deGrasse Tyson American astrophysicist, cosmologist, puts it on the Late Show last week.

Allen Telescope Array – consisting of 42 six meters antenna – located in the Cascade Mountains, was prompted to follow up the issue for the past two weeks, as it has been trained on KIC 8462852, hunting for the radio signals and narrow band emissions on the order of 1Hz; the sort of “signal” a civilization might send out if it wanted to announce its presence.

SETI has likewise been chasing for broadband signs as well hoping these signals could be results to propulsions within the star system and lead to radio leakages of high powered alien spacecrafts.

However, the SETI’s search finally concluded with no evidence at all.

There were no promising signals between the 1 and 10 GHz frequency range. The supposed omnidirectional transmitters – approximately 100 times humanity’s total terrestrial energy use in the case of narrowband, and 10 million times our energy use in the case of broadband may sound like enormously high limits, but SETI reminds us that any society able to build a Dyson swarm would have access to inconceivably vast amounts of energy; approaching 10^27 Watts. Regardless of the possibility that they’re just utilizing a little small portion of this energy as means of transmitting signals, it would in any case be detectable.

SETI astronomer Seth Shostak said in a statement that the history of astronomy tells us that every time we thought we had found a phenomenon due to the activities of extraterrestrials, we were wrong, however, although it’s quite likely that this star’s strange behavior is due to nature, not aliens, it’s only prudent to check such things out.

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