No need to worry, but alien megastructures spotted in a distant star

That's not nearly as much fun, its aliens.
 
Sorry to ruin the various speculations on the nature of the alien civilization, but the paper published about the star concludes that the observed irregularities most likely stem from comets captured by the star gravity field.

http://arxiv.org/pdf/1509.03622v1.pdf

Yes this was noted in the sixth post on the first page. It's waaaay more fun to speculate about aliens than comets though.
 
First, it was the 7th post, however, the 6th reply (yes I enjoyed that, I got a brother who does this unfunny crap all the time), and in this post you merely called it the "leading non-alien theory" and then just referenced to a different thread.

I say this because I actually read this post and still felt enriched by post by Appassionato.

So... not really. But I get you are upset if people disturb the fun of it. Especially if they give you a vibe of assuming you to be stupid.
 
Buzzkill!
 
Uhh so not really what?
The intention of your post hitting the target.
Buzzkill!
Alright, here you go: Sometimes, I wipe my ass and there are stains on it. Not brown stains. But red stains. But why? I am a healthy young male, I am not sitting on a chair all day. I don't have any kind of chronic pain. So where does the blood come from?

A-n-a-l probes.

Usually there is no red stuff on the toilet paper of a young sun man like me.
 
I like girls so I never had that.
 
So are you actually suggesting you've been abducted by aliens who did the nasty thing to you? I do believe this happens, just never heard anyone say it happened to them.
 
The intention of your post hitting the target.

Alright, here you go: Sometimes, I wipe my ass and there are stains on it. Not brown stains. But red stains. But why? I am a healthy young male, I am not sitting on a chair all day. I don't have any kind of chronic pain. So where does the blood come from?

A-n-a-l probes.

Usually there is no red stuff on the toilet paper of a young sun man like me.

You must be a real hit at parties!
 
I WANT TO BELIEVE ITS ALIENS!!!!

Star towers sound amazing, that could provide enough power for the whole solar system!
 
The average person is a non-expert in astronomy, so an unexpected astronomical observation would basically have to rewrite the known laws of physics for it to be 'exciting'. Other than that, we seem to care mainly about how 'Earthlike' the various observations are.

That said, we can use this as a testcase for how our discovery of ET life would percolate through society. A few 'iffy' reports at first, with increasing sensitivity.

Given that so many people believe in UFOs, I'm starting to think this would less transformative of a discovery than I used to think. Nearly 50% of people would be 'ehn, not a surprise, it was going to happen eventually'
 
That star has been called unique in every article I've read. Maybe they built the star? If so, figure out how old the star is and that's how long they've been doing the impossible.

So who will build the first generation ship and go there to say Hi! ???
I don't think the star itself is unique, just the fact that it has this weird shadow thing going on makes it unique. Take away the periodic dimming and it would probably be an average star.
There is stuff in front of a sun when usually there is no stuff in front of a sun.

Spoiler :


As much I as am eager as the next guy to be excited about such a discovery - eh, that is too transparently silly sensationalism, sorry :/

But props to the scientist for this publicity feat. Now every astronomer knows about his still scientifically interesting discovery. And since astronomy is struggeling for funding, they may not even hold the sensationalism against him.

The astronomers were actually not at all sensational about this. They were very clear that aliens were not the leading theory behind this but at the same time, this is so hard to explain with traditional explanations that aliens are actually plausible. And while I'm sure there are by now multiple, sensational articles on this, the original article was very sober and not sensation itself. As for any other articles - you can't blame the astronomers if the press decides to go clickbait MAX on this story.
 
My favourite part is that I know the astronomers are secretly hoping, even when they're writing an article discussing various natural hypotheses.
 
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