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Distant Star Signals Possible Life

 

Last updated 10/22/2015 at 10:50am



Planet Hunters, a citizen science program at Yale University, take data from the Kepler Space Telescope to search for signs of a drop in light from orbiting exoplanets crossing in front of their star.

KIC 8462852 is 1,481 light years from Earth and has an unusual flickering behavior. “The light curve is so bizarre,” admitted Penn State University astronomer Jason Wright.

Could the flickering be caused by a cluster of mega-structures, built by aliens, passing in front of the star?

Wright said KIC 8462852 has “very strange signatures that presumably are consistent with giant non-circular structures going in front of it.”

Astronomers are working with the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Research Center at the University of California Berkeley with hopes of directing a huge radio dish at the star to see if the radio waves being emitted are from an otherworldly technology.

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