Originally Posted by dieanotherday
^ Lol please tell me how you calculated rarity of alien buildings and two neptunes colliding. The fact that this is bringing so much attention is because its rare.
At any given moment there is about 150 alien civilizations capable of this type of behavior. Which is 1 for every 2,000 light years.
N = R* x fs x fp x nE x fl x fi x fc x L
Chances of finding it in 3,000 light years scan by kepler, is actually very high. Something to do the tune of 1 in 1,000,000,000. Remember once the structure is built, it would last hundreds of thousands of years.
Chances of seeing an planetary collision at a given time, very rare.
For one planet to hit another planet about the same is about 1 in 100,000 over 4 billion years.
For us to see that at the time it happened. 1 in 400,000,000,000,000,000
Originally Posted by kingcrabmeat
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.
You can down load everything from kepler online.
There is only 150 per galaxy. It would be hard for it not to be one of kind.