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Jamboree

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The most mysterious star in our galaxy

Post by Jamboree on Tue 13 Oct 2015 - 19:55

Interested to see what comes of this.

Astronomers have spotted a strange mess of objects whirling around a distant star. Scientists who search for extraterrestrial civilizations are scrambling to get a closer look.

In the Northern hemisphere’s sky, hovering above the Milky Way, there are two constellations—Cygnus the swan, her wings outstretched in full flight, and Lyra, the harp that accompanied poetry in ancient Greece, from which we take our word “lyric.”

Between these constellations sits an unusual star, invisible to the naked eye, but visible to the Kepler Space Telescope, which stared at it for more than four years, beginning in 2009.

“We’d never seen anything like this star,” says Tabetha Boyajian, a postdoc at Yale. “It was really weird. We thought it might be bad data or movement on the spacecraft, but everything checked out.”

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http://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2015/10/the-most-interesting-star-in-our-galaxy/410023/
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Re: The most mysterious star in our galaxy

Post by Kitkat on Wed 14 Oct 2015 - 17:10

Phil Plait (Bad Astronomer) likes it!

'Did Astronomers Find Evidence of an Alien Civilization? (Probably Not. But Still Cool.)'

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2015/10/14/weird_star_strange_dips_in_brightness_are_a_bit_baffling.html

Now I imagine some of you might expect me to rail against this idea, call it ridiculous, and pooh-pooh the notion of aliens and all that.

Well, surprise! I actually kinda like it. I’m not saying it’s right, mind you, just that it’s interesting.

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