View Full Version : Search For Intelligent Aliens Near Bizarre Dimming Star Has Begun

10-22-2015, 05:10 PM

The search for signs of life in a mysterious star system hypothesized to potentially harbor an "alien megastructure" is now underway.

Astronomers have begun using the Allen Telescope Array (ATA), a system of radio dishes about 300 miles (483 kilometers) northeast of San Francisco, to hunt for signals coming from the vicinity of KIC 8462852, a star that lies 1,500 light-years from Earth.

NASA's Kepler space telescope found that KIC 8462852 dimmed oddly and dramatically several times over the past few years. The dimming events were far too substantial to be caused by a planet crossing the star's face, researchers say, and other possible explanations, such as an enormous dust cloud, don't add up, either. [13 Ways to Hunt Intelligent Alien Life]

10-22-2015, 06:00 PM
Meanwhile, the American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO) published an Alert Notice this week requesting amateurs and professional astronomers around the world to immediately begin observing KIC 8462852 now through the end of the current observing season. To locate the star, you can either use the charts provided in our previous story or go to the AAVSO site and type in KIC 8462852 in the “Pick a Star” box to create a chart of your own.


10-22-2015, 06:52 PM
Nothing is impossible.


10-23-2015, 05:43 AM

Has Kepler Discovered an Alien Megastructure Orbiting a Strange Star?

10-24-2015, 09:00 AM
Then there's this speculation (Alien Archaeology):


10-24-2015, 07:02 PM
CBS News science contributor Michio Kaku spoke to CBSN about the enormous discovery.


10-24-2015, 09:36 PM
If this happens to be true, it will change everything. Maybe it will unite us in some way.

10-25-2015, 06:52 AM
If this happens to be true, it will change everything. Maybe it will unite us in some way.

God send it may be so!

12-03-2015, 07:41 PM
Astronomers have responded to the buzz about a mysterious dimming star by studying data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. They conclude the dimming was probably caused by a family of comets passing in front of the star.


01-21-2016, 10:42 AM

New analysis cast doubt that comets are creating the dimming of a star system...

02-01-2016, 10:00 AM

Take a Peek Into Our “X-Files”

The CIA declassified hundreds of documents in 1978 detailing the Agency’s investigations into Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs). The documents date primarily from the late 1940s and 1950s.

To help navigate the vast amount of data contained in our FOIA UFO collection, we’ve decided to highlight a few documents both skeptics and believers will find interesting.

02-01-2016, 10:09 AM
If we ever find aliens we might be sorry we did. If I was them I would avoid us too. :)

03-08-2016, 06:31 PM

Mysterious cosmic radio bursts found to repeat

Astronomers for the first time have detected repeating short bursts of radio waves from an enigmatic source that is likely located well beyond the edge of our Milky Way galaxy.

10-06-2016, 03:28 PM
Our galaxy's most-mysterious star is even stranger than astronomers thought


A star known by the unassuming name of KIC 8462852 in the constellation Cygnus has been raising eyebrows both in and outside of the scientific community for the past year. In 2015 a team of astronomers announced that the star underwent a series of very brief, non-periodic dimming events while it was being monitored by NASA's Kepler space telescope, and no one could quite figure out what caused them. A new study has deepened the mystery.

11-28-2016, 12:08 PM
Any updates?