Astronomers May Have Discovered An Alien Megastructure Near A Mysterious StarScreen Shot 2015-10-23 at 2.38.42 PM
The star’s name is KIC 8462852 and scientists are currently in the process of figuring out whether they are looking at a megastructure constructed by distant intelligent alien life form.
For the last week or so, Doug Vakoch and his team at the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute have been focusing their ground telescopes and the Allen Telescope Array (ATA) at the star.
The ATA is a radio frequency telescope made up of 42 antennae that focus on the star to see if any sounds or messages are being transmitted.
The team plans to wrap up experiments this week and then into a peer review stage to see how they went. Stay tuned!
When astronomer Doug Vakoch heard the news that there might be an alien civilization around the mysterious star KIC 8462852, he took immediate action.
For the last week, Vakoch and his colleagues at the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute have been pointing the ground-based Allen Telescope Array in California at the enigmatic star with one goal in mind.
“We’re trying to rule out the hypothesis that maybe it’s intelligence out there,” Vakoch told Business Insider.
If there is truly life on this star, will they be friendly or will they be an enemy? Let us know what you think in the comments below!