October 26th, 2015 11:33 EST
NASA's Kepler Space Telescope Reveals Evidence of other Alien Superstructures?
Do we really believe that we are the only civilization lurking in this vast and spacious Solar System? I really think not and NASA has been roaming the ends of space boldly going where no man or in this case astronaut has ever gone before. Now one of the main entities known as NASA`s Kepler Space telescope has possibly hit the bull`s eye again with the possible discovery on a distant star not more than 1500 light years away (right down the block from us) and lurking in the shadows of that distant star an alien superstructure? Kepler has always been a great entity to NASA and has gone on many missions of its own.
The main mission of the Kepler Space telescope is to find small rocky worlds that orbit distant stars. Most of the time the telescope is busy searching space like a bald eagle searches for a nest to home her young. Kepler also has the technological advancements to detect stellar flares, star spots and planetary rings that are dustier than your Grandmother`s basement but at times it can also find the unusual and in this case it may very well have.
If Kepler really did detect the unusual or what could be an alien superstructure then we have company again right down the block from us. A superstructure could be anything from a small city, buildings or anything that is constructed by whomever or in this case, whatever.
If there really is indeed an alien superstructure out there then imagine that it would be an advanced civilization with lots of high-technology and megastructures such as supersized solar arrays in orbit around their host star and the superstructure could be so vast that it would literally blot out a sizeable fraction of the incoming starlight as one complete orbit is finished.
NASA has come up with various ways to hunt for intelligent alien life. One of the main ways is NASA hunts for what are known as exoplanets. An exoplanet is a planet that orbits a star outside the solar system. So, Kepler stumbles onto a distant exoplanet by sensing any variation in starlight from a given star. When exoplanets orbit, they do so in front of stars which are known as a transit then Kepler detects any variation or dimming of light from the star it creates what is known as a lightcurve, which is like a graph that charts the variation or dip in starlight over a period of time. The data that is collected from the lightcurve can tell scientists the physical shape and size of the exoplanet.
Most exoplanets of course are round so the premise here is that and I`ll put it laymen`s terms, if you are out hunting deer in one spot and that is always the spot you go to when you hunt then suddenly out of nowhere a wild turkey crosses your sights that may throw up a red flag to you that something is very different from the norm at this spot.
The same goes for Kepler if all it does is hunt exoplanets and one day it detects something say that isn`t round like an exoplanet or something unusual from the norm of hunting exoplanets then a red flag goes up and things get a little weird.
So, what the concept is here is the brightness of a star is the measuring point. If any brightness of a star dips or is not consistent with the average brightness the average star then there is a natural phenomenon occurring. The weird part of this is if all possibilities of the brightness dipping are accounted for and only one scenario is left and the scenario is the object Kepler spotted appears to be artificial then the artificial object could be alien?
Scientists continue to research these amazing phenomenon`s that occur watching stars and exoplanets using Kepler and one unexplained scenario with a star by the name of KIC 8462852 which Kepler has been studying and watching through the mission. The star has been found through the data collected to have a curious transit signal.
In a paper that was submitted to the Journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society astronomers which included citizen scientists from the Planet Hunters crowdsourcing program reported, Over the duration of the Kepler mission KIC 462852 was observed to undergo irregular shaped, aperiodic dips in flux which dipped below the twenty percent level. (news, discovery)
This star is extremely unique to other stars and is behaving irregularly than usual over the last four years Kepler has been studying it. Tabetha Boyajian who is a Post-Doctorate researcher at Yale University and is the lead author commented on this, We`d never seen anything like this star. It was really weird. We thought it might be bad data or movement on the spacecraft but everything checked out. (BoyaJian, T.)
Some of the adjectives described by the Planet Hunters about K IC 846252 were, bizarre, interesting, and a giant transit which according to this star is right on target.
One of the questions posing out there and is still answered is if Kepler can detect alien artifacts. Most of the mission has been focused on KIC 846852 because this is where most of the unusual occurrences have taken place with the out of the ordinary behavior of KIC 846852 which has been not the normal for stars to operate so to speak.
The follow-up studies have centered on two interesting transit events with KIC 846852. One of these interesting events took place between the 1510 to 1570 days of the mission where a single transit causing a star brightness drop-off of fifteen percent and the second event was where there was several transit bursts which scientist believe may have or could have been caused by a group of different and various objects which forced a brightness dip of twenty-two percent. Scientists believe that for objects to cause a stars brightness to dip this much that whatever is causing it, objects etc. would have to be very big or in their terms, huge.
Scientists and researchers worked on and thought through every possible scenario that could be causing or cased these mysterious events to take place. They went through each possible event and each possible event posed or presented a new problem. The investigated that this could be caused by some sort of circumstellar disk of dust. They broke it down in mechanical working terms and to have the presence of a circumstellar disk of dust you must have an infrared signal and no such signal could be found or seen.
The other negative that proved it is not a circumstellar disk of dust is that when this occurs it normally occurs around young stars. KIC 846852 is what is known as a mature F-type star which is 1.5 times the size of our sun. So, this ruled out the possibility of this being a circumstellar disk of dust.
Scientists and researchers also investigated the possibility causing this strange signal coming from KIC 846852 to be a huge planetary collision. They were thinking the debris that would be caused by a large planetary collision could cause this strange signal and the dip in brightness and the findings were inconclusive that there was no chance of a planetary collision happening that would cause this.
The researchers came down to only one explanation causing this phenomenon and that is it has to be an intervening clump of exocomets but as the researchers summed it up, One way we imagine such a barrage of comets could be triggered (exocomets) is by the passage of a field star through the system. (news.discovery)
As a note an exocomet is known as an extrasolar comet, is a comet outside the Solar System which includes interstellar comets and comets that orbit stars other than the sun. (wiipedia.com)
If we put all of this and other information as-well as other data fond by NASA over the years on the search for other beings or life-forms (aliens) living in the shadows and crevasses of the vast Solar System it`s really not an impossible thought. Why would we think we are the only living creatures out there in space that is filled with planets stars, comets and every other astronomical entity that fills ET with alien joy and leaves him wanting to explore (as we do) other strange new worlds and to seek out civilizations and boldly go where no alien has gone before (Sort of the caption phrase from the old hit series Star Trek)
Our galaxy has been around for about thirteen billion years so the thought of over intelligent beings that are sophisticated enough to be able to build highly technological megastructures around stars is just the same principle as yes the chance is very probable and probably is reality.
Jason Wright who is an astronomer from Penn State University commented, Aliens should always be the last hypothesis you consider but this looked like something (what Kepler just discovered) you would expect an alien civilization to build. (Wright, J.) So, whatever that is up there that Kepler stumbled across has the attention of NASA and many astronomers and scientists.
NASA and astronomers continue the search for other Aliens beings out there. The high technology that is being used for the search is the main piece of the puzzle in a vast Solar System that is full of the rest of the pieces that make the complete puzzle (the search for aliens) a premise of reality.
Of course, all clues or hypothesis have to be considered as to what is possibly causing KIC 846252 to behave in a bizarre way. This is a long shot but the time and effort of investigating this is well worth the outcome as to what this really could be up there. Is this an ancient alien civilization consisting of a clump of megastructures of time gone by? Or, could it be a present group of megastructures being the result of highly advanced minds that would leave Albert Einstein as confused as a second grader trying to take an Algebra test?
Only time and research will tell......
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