No Sign of Aliens at KIC 8462852 Yet

Alien hunters have had their telescopes pointed at a mysterious system for more than than two weeks after astronomers discovered a star roughly 1,500 light years from Earth that had a strange dimming pattern. It suggested that KIC 8462852 was surrounded by dense, irregular matter that, at one point, blocked 22 percent of the star’s light.

The strange readings could come from a cloud of comets. But some have theorized that alien “mega-structures” are the source of the strange readings.

So the SETI Institute aimed its Allen Telescope Array at the star. The researchers looked for both narrow-band signals that alien civilizations might use to broadcast on and broad-band signals that could be generated by spacecraft propulsion systems.

The result? Nothing was picked up but, that doesn’t mean they won’t find anything sometime in the future.

Source: NBC News

 

Dave Nelson

Dave Nelson

Originally from Minnesota in the United States, Dave has lived all over.  He currently makes his home in Ottawa, Ontario Canada where he lives with his wife and stepdaughter.  Dave works as an on-air announcer at Boom 99-7 (CJOT.) One of his first sci-fi memories was that of watching Star Trek the original series in reruns on Sunday mornings so, as you can imagine, that made quite the impression and was one of the inspirations for founding the Galactic Netcasts network in 2011. You can hear Dave on The Alien Invasion, The SciFi Geeks Club and Weird World Weekly podcasts. Follow him on Twitter @davenelsonvoice