XD45 7,124 Posted October 18, 2015 Report Share Posted October 18, 2015 (edited) Star KIC 8462852 is a very hot topic these days, but it's hard to find real information about it. Overly simple summary: The stars light is being blocked by something too large to be a planet but which does not produce any light or heat of it's own. It's also not blocking a consistent amount of light indicating it may be more than one object. So far no theory can fully explain what we're seeing. Yes it's almost certainly a natural phenomenon that we just haven't seen before. But let's play what if. What if it's an artificial structure or structures like mega solar collectors (Dyson Swarm)? That would make the builders centuries more advanced than us at the least. Maybe millennia more advanced. So if we are looking at them, couldn't they be looking back at us? But given the 1480 light year distance, we are seeing them as they were 1480 years ago, and they are seeing us as we were 1480 years ago. So they are seeing the light that left our solar system in 535AD. If their telescopes are dramatically advanced from ours they might be able to see that there is a life bearing planet here but no signs of technology. The first radio waves from earth won't reach them for 1350 years (give or take). But even without signs of technology they may be interested in life as we are so their probe may already be on the way. Edited October 18, 2015 by Darth Saigus 2 Quote Link to post Share on other sites
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