Not a Hoax: Scientists May Have Discovered an 'Alien Superstructure'

Penn State and Yale University astronomers, unable to explain strange data patterns they're observing from a star, have come to the conclusion that there may be an "alien superstructure" orbiting it. 

File under: Holy crap. Penn State and Yale University astronomers, unable to explain strange data patterns they're observing from a star (KIC 8462852), have come to the conclusion that there may be an "alien superstructure" orbiting it, outfitted with solar panels to absorb energy from the star. 


“Aliens should always be the very last hypothesis you consider, but this looked like something you would expect an alien civilization to build," said astronomer Jason Wright.

Essentially, scientists observed strange, irregular fluctuations in the light from the star. These would be explicable in a younger star as debris in orbit around it, but make no sense for a star of this age. Of 150,000 comparable stars the Kepler telescope has observed, this is the only one behaving this way. The patterns of light emission are unusual, too, even for a younger star. 

The astronomers are taking this hypothesis seriously, and so should we. We'll be watching this story VERY CLOSELY. 

UPDATE: Science Keeps Not Debunking The Alien Dyson Sphere

Read the full story over at The Washington Post

Image credit: Getty Images/gremlin

LinkedIn meets Tinder in this mindful networking app

Swipe right to make the connections that could change your career.

Getty Images
Sponsored
Swipe right. Match. Meet over coffee or set up a call.

No, we aren't talking about Tinder. Introducing Shapr, a free app that helps people with synergistic professional goals and skill sets easily meet and collaborate.

Keep reading Show less

10 books to check out from Jordan Peterson's 'Great Books' list

The Canadian professor has an extensive collection posted on his site.

Jordan Peterson with Carl Jung and the cover art of Jaak Panksepp's 'Affective Neuroscience' (Image: Chris Williamson/Getty Images/Big Think)
Personal Growth
  • Peterson's Great Books list features classics by Orwell, Jung, Huxley, and Dostoevsky.
  • Categories include literature, neuroscience, religion, and systems analysis.
  • Having recently left Patreon for "freedom of speech" reasons, Peterson is taking direct donations through Paypal (and Bitcoin).
Keep reading Show less

Radical theory says our universe sits on an inflating bubble in an extra dimension

Cosmologists propose a groundbreaking model of the universe using string theory.

Getty Images/Suvendu Giri
Surprising Science
  • A new paper uses string theory to propose a new model of the universe.
  • The researchers think our universe may be riding a bubble expanded by dark energy.
  • All matter in the universe may exist in strings that reach into another dimension.
Keep reading Show less

Should you invest in China's stock market? Know this one thing first.

Despite incredible economic growth, it is not necessarily an investor's paradise.

Videos
  • China's stock market is just 27 years old. It's economy has grown 30x over that time.
  • Imagine if you had invested early and gotten in on the ground floor.
  • Actually, you would have lost money. Here's how that's possible.