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It's comets - nothing else.
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Alien Megastructure in Dyson Sphere


When it's all assembled you get....

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http://arxiv.org/abs/1509.03622
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By considering the observational constraints on dust clumps orbiting a normal main-sequence star, we conclude that the scenario most consistent with the data is the passage of a family of exocomet fragments, all of which are associated with a single previous breakup event. We discuss the necessity of future observations to help interpret the system.

Looks like this is just news sites putting words into "researchers" mouths.
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Looks like this is just news sites putting words into "researchers" mouths.

At least they had the courtesy to take those words out of the mouth of actual researchers of astronomy, first, namely, Jason Wright.

The comet theory should be ruled out if the phenomenon persists indefinitely, from my understanding of the conclusion of the research paper. That tells us what it isn't and will take years to determine.

It's more interesting to figure out what it could be, which is what Wright is proposing to attempt and is just a matter of approval, not years of waiting. If everyone was so skeptical about extra terrestrials then we couldn't expect any updates on the discovery for a long time. Maybe the Kepler mission itself would not have had enough interest to be a reality today.
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It's hard to read anything into this discovery when portions of Kepler mission data are probably never released to the public. Perhaps there are hundreds of stars flagged as 'bizarre' and this was just one singled out for a research paper that was lucky to be published.

I would be less impressed if the media announced, "several stars could be surrounded by Dyson spheres," because that implies a greater likelihood of a natural explanation. There are lots of unexplained things in the universe but no other instance of of a singular "bizarre" astral body comes to my mind, for what it's worth.

I'll accept the advanced intelligence hypothesis until scientists create a less contestable model of the phenomenon or it is revealed not to be one of a kind. SETI will probably find nothing as usual, the excitement will dwindle, and everyone will forget it ever existed.

I'm sure there are thousands of stars being flagged as "bizarre" just from Kepler. The problem is that "bizarre" traditionally seems to turn in to "extremely common" over time with astronomy from what little I have read on it. That and it takes an extremely large amount of time and effort to sift through all the data, and until they can get a really good look at something and rule out mundane answers for stuff, no sense in announcing it.
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can't explain flucuations in visible light stupidly far away. must be an alien ball built around a star. thumb.gif
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Don't be silly guys. You can't see a star if it's inside a sphere.
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1,480 light years away is relatively close. Not explainable by our current understanding of the universe doesn't necessarily mean alien activity though.

Sounds pretty far to me. 1480 light years is 40 days travel at maximum warp.*

*Assuming Intrepid class starship at maximum cruise
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Sounds pretty far to me. 1480 light years is 40 days travel at maximum warp.*

*Assuming Intrepid class starship at maximum cruise

It's close considering the Milky Way Galaxy is 100,000 light years in diameter at its smallest estimate, and maybe up to 200,000 light years in diameter. Our nearest large neighbor galaxy, the Andromeda Galaxy, is 2.5 million light years away (collision with our galaxy in 4 billion years). So yeah, it's pretty damn close on the galactic scale.
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It's close considering the Milky Way Galaxy is 100,000 light years in diameter at its smallest estimate, and maybe up to 200,000 light years in diameter. Our nearest large neighbor galaxy, the Andromeda Galaxy, is 2.5 million light years away (collision with our galaxy in 4 billion years). So yeah, it's pretty damn close on the galactic scale.

Close on a galactic scale sure, but far enough away that that the distance is basically irrelevant. It might as well be in the next galaxy over.
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