Mysterious light patterns emerging from a distant star spotted between two constellations offer compelling new clues to the existence of extraterrestrial life according to a recent report. The report surfaced after a team of scientists was analyzing the unusual dips transmitted from a distant star KIC 8462852, previously captured by NASA’s Kepler Mission a few years ago.
Some astronomers have suggested that these bizarre light patterns allude to a phenomenon that extends beyond mere orbiting of a planet around an iridescent host star. On the contrary, they suspect it is more suggestive of a kind of formation potentially housing a sophisticated extraterrestrial civilization.
The star, located approximately 1,500 light years away, sits between the northern hemisphere constellations of Cygnus and Lyra. It is believed to be the only object among the 150,000 distant stars examined by the Kepler Space Telescope through the ‘Planet Hunters Program’ with peculiarly erratic and extraordinary dips in brightness.
The Program employs publicly accessible astronomical data gathered by NASA’s Kepler Telescope, which tracks extra-solar Earth-like planets by observing the intermittent dimming of stars, a phenomenon typically indicative of such planets drifting by. In the beginning, when the solar system came into being nearly 5 billion years ago, a colossal mix of matter circled the sun before being structured into gigantic spheres of rock and ice and ultimately into planets.
Scientists have construed that a similar mechanism may be under way around KIC 8462852’s immediate periphery. Some scientists believe that such transiting objects could well indicate a cluster of comets approaching the star, thereby obstructing nearly 20 percent of its brightness.
However Jason Wright, an astronomer from Penn State University is prepared to offer an alternative perspective on starlight patterns as reported by a previous Inquisitr story.
“Aliens should always be the very last hypothesis you consider, but this looked like something you would expect an alien civilization to build.”
The Kepler Mission has been especially designated to observe a vast and calculated expanse of the Milky Way galaxy and detect Earth-size planets in proximity to its habitable regions. Its salient objectives include detecting the abundance of terrestrial and larger planets, determining the structure and magnitude of their respective orbits, estimating the count of planets inhabiting multiple-star systems as well as accessing the composition of the stars around which habitable planetary systems originate.
The Kepler Telescope is a meticulously crafted “0.95-meter” diameter instrument with an exceptionally large field of view for an astronomical telescope compared to fields of view of most other telescopes. The extensive field of view is a key requisite for observing an infinite number of stars drifting through space. It continues to observe a solitary star field for the duration of the entire mission and has been unceasingly monitoring varying patterns of brightness of more than 100,000 stars for nearly four years.
Earlier this year, a team of astronomers spearheaded by Jason Wright examined nearly 100,000 galaxies for signs of advanced extraterrestrial civilizations and found none. The study revealed that most star systems exhibit peculiar emissions of light principally owing to an entirely natural phenomenon known to many as Stardust. It concluded that advanced civilizations capable of utilizing this enormous potential of galaxies may in fact be rare or even nonexistent.
According to a previous Inquisitr report, NASA administrator Charles Bolden had confidently reiterated his position regarding the existence of alien life, suggesting that mankind will likely encounter it soon. He stated that he was confident scientists were not too far from uncovering it as the prospects for discovering planets similar to Earth look increasingly bright.
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