The never-ending quest for signs of alien life in a strange star system hypothesized to possibly harbor alien mega structures is now ongoing inside NASA’s laboratories. Astronomers have started using their powerful telescopes to search for signals arriving from KIC 8462852, an unusual star that was found at more than 1,500 light-years away.
US space telescopes discovered that this star dimmed considerably and in a strange way several times in the last three years. Its dimming activity is far too important to be caused by other space object, like a planet or satellite, going around it, scientists say, while other possible theories, such as huge clouds of dust, do not explain this uncommon phenomenon.
The main speculation at this time includes a group of comets or asteroids that could have been advancing towards KIC 8462852, maybe after the gravitational pull exerted by a nearby star. Nevertheless, it is also possible that these signals captured by telescopes were caused by large structured developed by extremely evolved alien civilizations, for example a massive framework of solar space panels.
The second theory, even if it may sound farfetched at first, has placed KIC 8462852 right in the center of studies that search for unusual signals, which could have been produced by an advanced alien civilization. Scientists mentioned the example of a pulsar, fast-spinning, super dense space object that releases huge amounts of energy rays. This radiation is captured by equipment on and across our planet as frequent signals, because these can only be recognized when they are shot directly towards us, an occasion that happens at foreseeable durations due to the pulsars’ rotation speed.
Specialists know all these details by now. At the middle of the 20th century, when were found the first signals coming from pulsars, some researchers considered them as potential alien transmissions. Until another explanation is discovered for these uncommon events, the intelligent-alien speculation will still represent a viable theory, even if US telescopes and other equipment like them do not find further signals. The lack of noticeable alien transmissions does not tell us that the star system around KIC 8462852 is an inhabited region of space.
This star could harbor alien life that does not emit technological signals that we detect, for example, due to the differences of technological advancements in time and space. Or it could have once had an alien civilization that might have disappeared, the unusual mega structure remaining as a kind of monument of an extinct society.
American astronomers’ primary planet hunting results indicate that our own galaxy teems with an immeasurable number of rocky, possibly human friendly worlds. So this distant star is not the target that specialists will be pursuing in the future. They say that it almost does not matter where they point these telescopes, because there is a potential habitable planet everywhere in the universe. If there are truly alien civilizations in the deep space, there will be so many potential directions to search for, that experts believe there is a good chance to eventually find one.
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