NASA’s Kepler Telescope has stumbled upon one of the most fascinating discoveries so far – a colossal artificial megastructure believed to have been constructed by an advanced alien civilization.
Kepler Telescope is a device used to detect small, rocky worlds orbiting distant stars. Also, dusty planetary rings, stellar flares, star spots and other space phenomenon.
But, recently this telescope received a signal that is supposedly from a huge artificial structure orbiting a star, just around 1500 light years away from our planet.
Scientists say that, although not 100% sure, this could be an advanced structure built by an alien force. By the looks of it, the construction works as a mega-sized solar array which is focused upon a host star and it’s orbiting around it.
Its main purpose is to pile up energy and send it to its source. It’s so huge that a big portion of the starlight is blocked.
Usually the exoplanets that were detected by NASA’s Kepler Telescope have a round shape, meaning they look like planets. However, this structure is not round and has weird behavior.
Tabetha Boyajian, a researcher at Yale University stated that:
“Over the duration of the Kepler mission, KIC 8462852 was observed to undergo irregulary shaped, aperiodic dips in flux down to below the twenty percent level. 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.”
KIC 8462852 is a particular star which is monitored by Kepler. During its recording, there were two interesting anomalies that were detected. Between the 788 and 795 day of Kepler Telescope’s mission and days 1510 to 1570.
Namely, the first anomaly caused a drop in the star brightness by 15%, and the second one was a burst of several transits, which caused a brightness dif of up to 22%. This only means that the transiting objects are extremely big.
Our galaxy is more than 13 billion years old. During this period, it’s not impossible that aliens actually build constructions around stars.
Jason Wright, an astronomer from Penn State University said that:
“Aliens should always be the very last hypothesis you consider, but this looked like something you would expect an alien civilization to build.”
Although there are more hypotheses about the reason behind this structure, the most probable one still remains that it’s probably created by a Type 2 alien civilization on the Kardashev scale.
Basically, this alien civilization would have the technology to consume the energy from the star. They would use the solar energy from it and once it’s gone, the energy would be lost as infrared radiation.
So, now NASA will try to have an antenna pointed at KIC 8462852 and try to find its secrets. This way we will find out if it’s actually built by an alien civilization and prove their existence.
Source: Simple Capacity