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Wed Oct 14, 2015, 05:08 PM

The Most Mysterious Star in Our Galaxy

"Astronomers have spotted a strange mess of objects whirling around a distant star. Scientists who search for extraterrestrial civilizations are scrambling to get a closer look. In the Northern hemisphere’s sky, hovering above the Milky Way, there are two constellations—Cygnus the swan, her wings outstretched in full flight, and Lyra, the harp that accompanied poetry in ancient Greece, from which we take our word “lyric.”

Between these constellations sits an unusual star, invisible to the naked eye, but visible to the Kepler Space Telescope, which stared at it for more than four years, beginning in 2009. “We’d never seen anything like this star,” says Tabetha Boyajian, a postdoc at Yale.
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“It was really weird. We thought it might be bad data or movement on the spacecraft, but everything checked out.” In 2011, several citizen scientists flagged one particular star as “interesting” and “bizarre.” The star was emitting a light pattern that looked stranger than any of the others Kepler was watching. The light pattern suggests there is a big mess of matter circling the star, in tight formation."

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Who knows, eh? Wouldn't it be awesome if this turned out to be actual aliens?

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uawchild Oct 2015 OP
BlueJazz Oct 2015 #1
irisblue Oct 2015 #2
First Speaker Oct 2015 #3
panader0 Oct 2015 #4
lovemydog Oct 2015 #6
OxQQme Oct 2015 #5
uawchild Oct 2015 #7
Callmecrazy Oct 2015 #8
FSogol Oct 2015 #9

Response to uawchild (Original post)

Wed Oct 14, 2015, 05:44 PM

1. If something like that had been seen before I would hardly give it a second thought but I'll admit..

 

... it's VERY intriguing.

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Response to uawchild (Original post)

Wed Oct 14, 2015, 06:11 PM

2. thoughts

isn't this how Independence Day started? And Falling Skies?

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Response to uawchild (Original post)

Wed Oct 14, 2015, 07:36 PM

3. Wow...could it be a Dyson Sphere? Or a Ringworld?

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Response to uawchild (Original post)

Wed Oct 14, 2015, 10:20 PM

4. I'm currently on a witness protection program from that "system"

They figured nobody would find me here.

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Response to panader0 (Reply #4)

Thu Oct 15, 2015, 04:36 AM

6. This might be a good place to hide.

Your secret's safe with us.

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Response to uawchild (Original post)

Wed Oct 14, 2015, 10:51 PM

5. Disc World

Four elephants standing on the back of a huge Turtle, holding up the world.

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Response to OxQQme (Reply #5)

Thu Oct 15, 2015, 11:53 AM

7. "It's turtles all the way down!"

Then discussion ending rebuttal when wizards on Disc World argue cosmology.

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Response to uawchild (Original post)

Thu Oct 15, 2015, 01:27 PM

8. So the movie "Contact" was true... nt

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Response to uawchild (Original post)

Thu Oct 15, 2015, 04:05 PM

9. It's a moon-size: "Drink Coca-Cola" sign.

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