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Have citizen scientists found an alien structure, rivers on Mars, and Jupiter waves...

14 Oct 2015, 09:48 UTC
Have citizen scientists found an alien structure, rivers on Mars, and Jupiter waves...
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Have citizen scientists found evidence of an alien megastructure?As with any piece of news like this, I recommend caution and waiting for proper investigation before getting excited. One thing worth noting is that Jason Wright, who is mentioned in the source story and quoted below, hasn't mentioned anything about it on his personal blog..Citizen scientists, working with data from the Kepler space telescope, may have stumbled on evidence of an alien mega structure - certainly what they've found is evidence of some thing very weird happening around a mature star. The find comes from the Planet Hunters project, where volunteers examine the light patterns from distant stars for evidence of planets orbiting them. One star in particular was flagged by several planet hunters as being strange, and further investigation revealed that it has a swarm of non-planet objects orbiting it. Young stars often have such a collection of debris, but this is a mature star. Led by professional researcher T. S. Boyajian they've published a paper (link here) describing the bizarre light pattern, and showing that most natural explanations are a poor fit.Above: Artists impression of a massive comet swarm falling into a star, one possible explanation of the star's ...

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