When we look at the vast expanse of stars in the night sky, we can’t help but wonder what else is out there. Not just at the gas giants, rocky worlds, comets, asteroids, moons, and homeless planets strewn throughout our galaxy and all the galaxies beyond our own, but about what life — what possibilities — exist beyond our home world.
Very recently, a most unusual star — KIC 8462852 — had its light-curve data released by Kepler team, containing a series of unusually large, and inconsistent, drops in brightness around the star, fueling speculation that perhaps it’s an alien-created megastructure causing that signal. But is that a legitimately probable possibility, or does it say more about us, as humans, than it does about the star system in question?
Brian Koberlein tackles this issue over at Starts With A Bang on Medium!