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Message 1734425 - Posted: 15 Oct 2015, 17:19:54 UTC

“Aliens should always be the very last hypothesis you consider, but this looked like something you would expect an alien civilization to build.”

Read more about a strange star that has all of us in the SETI community intrigued. http://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2015/10/the-most-interesting-star-in-our-galaxy/410023/
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Message 1734426 - Posted: 15 Oct 2015, 17:22:20 UTC - in response to Message 1734425.  

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Message 1734428 - Posted: 15 Oct 2015, 17:22:50 UTC - in response to Message 1734426.  

Also see our interview with Dr. Lucianne Walkowicz from a few months back: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxFHPMl50tc
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Message 1734699 - Posted: 16 Oct 2015, 17:29:46 UTC

Might we get updates on whether the initial survey in the winter finds anything interesting? And if so then when the HDs will be sent out as WUs?
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Message 1734762 - Posted: 16 Oct 2015, 22:16:32 UTC - in response to Message 1734425.  

This is a very nice finding. I've look the 15 pages documents which ruled out lots of possibility including dust cloud or error from Kepler.

I will be more than happy to analyse those data block as soon as they release from you SETI.
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Message 1735216 - Posted: 18 Oct 2015, 17:00:46 UTC

Ready to throw all my humble computation resources to research all historical data from this part of the sky!
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Message 1735351 - Posted: 19 Oct 2015, 6:20:03 UTC

Even if Seti@home had a way to target this system is it close enough that we would get any useful data from it. From all i have read and understood this system is far to get accidental signal;s from. It would require them to target us with a signal for us to be able to receive it.

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Message 1735759 - Posted: 20 Oct 2015, 22:10:24 UTC

I don't have a reputation in the scientific community to protect so I'm willing to say it. heh.

Dyson Swarm?

there. we've kissed, the awkward moment is past. LOL
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Message 1735962 - Posted: 21 Oct 2015, 15:10:44 UTC

The farthest North the Arecibo radio telescope can reach is about 38 degrees declination. KIC 8462852 is at declination 44 degrees 27 minutes. As far as using data from Arecibo is concerned, we're out of luck.
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Message 1735985 - Posted: 21 Oct 2015, 17:10:55 UTC

Is the Optical SETI system being used for this as well? I know there's no reason for a signal to be directed our way, but if we're seeing something under construction there would have to be a huge amount of communication going on.
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Message 1736114 - Posted: 22 Oct 2015, 3:35:42 UTC

Just remember if you need any data crunched for the new findings....I am pretty sure you have a small group of a few thousand that would like to assist!
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Message 1736286 - Posted: 22 Oct 2015, 23:19:29 UTC - in response to Message 1736114.  

Just remember if you need any data crunched for the new findings....I am pretty sure you have a small group of a few thousand that would like to assist!


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Message 1737307 - Posted: 26 Oct 2015, 21:39:38 UTC

So, the only tools we have available are radio waves and light dimming captured from telescopes to determine what is going on around this exoplanet. Yes? Also, the light and the radio waves are so far away that in actuality it is hundreds of thousands of years old so odds are if it was a civilization, we will really would never know because they are probably dead. Am I missing something?
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Message 1737321 - Posted: 26 Oct 2015, 22:34:33 UTC

Welcome to the message boards, Vince. Actually, the star KIC 8462852 is about 1480 light years away, not hundreds of thousands. If a civilization could take on the truly immense challenge of building even a partial Dyson sphere, they might have enough resourcefulness and stability to last longer than that.
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Message 1737485 - Posted: 27 Oct 2015, 12:32:20 UTC - in response to Message 1737321.  
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Also there's the oft' ignored temporal bias we have, given that we expect things to happen noticeably despite having living things on our planet ranging from days or less to more than several hundred years in lifespan.
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Message 1737756 - Posted: 28 Oct 2015, 16:10:19 UTC - in response to Message 1737321.  

"hundreds of thousands of miles away..." LOL! Boy, was I off. Was not thinking straight. Anyway, thanks for the response. Obviously this is much more exciting than looking at potential streaks of water on Mars. Not to mention a moot point if we do discover that we are not alone.

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Message 1739437 - Posted: 4 Nov 2015, 0:06:04 UTC

Where is the Kepler data for KCI 8462852? Maybe it's possible to infer how long is it's orbital period and at what distance from the star?
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Message 1739529 - Posted: 4 Nov 2015, 9:03:30 UTC - in response to Message 1739437.  

Where is the Kepler data for KCI 8462852? Maybe it's possible to infer how long is it's orbital period and at what distance from the star?

what orbital period? ATA has been looking it for less than a month... ;)

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Message 1739616 - Posted: 4 Nov 2015, 14:56:14 UTC

As KIC 8462852 was examined as part of the Kepler Space Telescope's planet-finding mission, periodicity was looked for in the data. It has been reported that none was found.
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Message 1753107 - Posted: 2 Jan 2016, 6:44:26 UTC

It was also covered here http://www.ibtimes.com/alien-megastructures-seti-trains-its-sights-most-mysterious-star-our-galaxy-2148200
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