Several unexplained objects encircling a giant star millions of miles away might be an alien megastructure, specialists believe.
Planet spotters checking data from the Kepler Space Telescope were stunned by a rare light pattern orbiting a star known as KIC 8462852.
When they examined the star that sits some 1,480 light years from Earth, they observed a swarm of objects encircling it in a rare pattern.
Initially, it was believed to be comets, shrapnel from an asteroid impact or perhaps an error in the data.
However astronomer Jason Wright from Penn State University gave a more science fiction illustration.
He thinks it may be an ‘alien megastructure’ made to harness energy from the star.
Tabetha Boyajian supervises Planet Hunters, a program, which asked ‘citizen scientists’ to analyze light patterns released by stars from their homes.
She says that the light released by KIC 8462852 is what brought about some interest in 2011.
The light pattern appears like there is a mass of matter encircling the star.
The Planet Hunters research strives to clarify reasons for it, including an impact of planetary scale, instrument defects and shrapnel from an asteroid belt pileup.
The last ‘natural scenario’ it poses is if another star had passed through the KIC 8462852’s system, it may have pulled comets inward; however, it is far from certain.
Tabetha presently confesses she is thinking about extra-terrestrial reasons.
Scientists for Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) have said that distant extraterrestrial civilizations might be observed by looking for massive technological artifacts orbiting other stars.
Tabetha and James are working with the Director of SETI Andrew Siemion at the University of California on a proposal for pointing a radio dish at KIC 8462852.
They aim to find out if the radio waves exhibit any indications of technological activity.
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