Are we alone in the universe? It’s a question that’s been asked for centuries. One that may have just gotten an answer thanks to the Kepler Space Telescope. According to a report, it’s claimed that NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope has apparently caught a glimpse of an “alien megastructure.” Apparently, the telescope that regularly scans distant stars has found something way out there in the galaxy that emits a bizarre light pattern, suggesting that it’s not just a planet or flickering star.
What could it be?
The possible theory is that it’s some kind of artificial alien structure possibly housing an advanced civilization. It could be something else entirely though. For instance it could be another distant star throwing interference Kepler’s way. The way Kepler works is that in order to detect an exoplanet, it observes a slight dip in light emitted from a given star. It will keep its focus on that planet and detect when there’s a slight dimming of this star light.
The scientists monitoring the Kepler Telescope are able to determine just what Kepler is looking at, as well as its size and structure. However, with this megastructure, the scientists aren’t able to to figure out what they’re looking at. Kepler just didn’t take a quick glance at the structure either. It’s been looking in this direction — and at this particular star — for at least four years. Scientists are even confident that this isn’t a technical glitch of any kind.
There are many out there who have verified this unusual dip in light is unique and defies logic, but while that’s agreed upon further analysis of the data needs to be done before any official determination can be made. And if it’s the discovery of something alien and artificial, scientists want to rule out everything else first.
“Aliens should always be the very last hypothesis you consider, but this looked like something you would expect an alien civilization to build,” Penn State University astronomer Jason Wright said.
According to Discovery, the possibility of a Type II civilization (based on the Kardashev scale that utilizes the available energy radiating from a star) is being entertained.
Using a vast shell or series of rings surrounding a star, a Dyson sphere-like structure may be constructed. This has the effect of blotting out the star from view in visible wavelengths, but once the solar energy has been used by the alien civilization, the energy is shifted to longer wavelengths and likely lost as infrared radiation.
As studies of the strange phenomena continues, scientists will try to point a radio antenna toward the object in an effort to determine whether or not the structure is generating any artificial radio signals. Before we prepare for an eventual Independence Day like scenario or anything of that nature, it’s important to note that it could be an anomaly of some kind that we’re not yet able to comprehend.
While scientists believe we’re within 10 years of proving the existence of life beyond our planet, with conclusive proof down the road, maybe this is our chance to prove it sooner, rather than later. What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below or on social media.Source: Techno Buffalo