Kepler finds a star no one can explain

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Observations using Kepler have uncovered a star whose light fluctuations can only be explained in two ways.


If another star had passed through the unusual star’s system, it could have yanked a sea of comets inward. Provided there were enough of them, the comets could have made the dimming pattern. But that would be an extraordinary coincidence, if that happened so recently, only a few millennia before humans developed the tech to loft a telescope into space. That’s a narrow band of time, cosmically speaking.

Second? Maybe the star’s light is being blocked by a swarm of megastructures built by an alien civilization. They intend to look for radio emissions from the star in wavelengths associated with technology to see if this theory has any possibility.


  • ted

    Dyson Sphere?

  • Steve

    More like a Ringworld of some sort or maybe a Dyson Swarm. A sphere would block all light at all times and we would never even know there was a star there……

  • Matt in AZ

    Perhaps there are drawbacks to having fully-closed Dyson sphere that captures everything the star puts out, and a sphere with patterned holes or gaps would be more practical. “Dyson Whiffle”? If the openings are regularly spaced, it could show up in the data. Assuming anything remotely like this is actually there, of course.

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