Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Alien Rumors (part 3)
One proposed theory to explain the erratic and significant dimming of KIC 8462852 is that a comet broke up around the star. The frozen remains would expand into giant clouds that could, for a short time, block out the light. However, this would cause dust to scatter near the star and produce excessive infra-red radiation, something easily detected from earth. However, no such radiation has been detected. One astronomer, Jason Wright, has proposed the theory that, though aliens should be the last hypothesis to consider, “this looked like something an alien civilization would build.” The term “alien megastructure” has seen lots of Google searches since the announcement, and theories range wide and far. Personally, I think the idea of an alien space station seems a bit far-fetched, considering that even the Death Star in Star Wars was no where as big as this object would have to be. Perhaps it's a fleet of alien starships, engaging in a gigantic inter-stellar battle?