In the past two decades, astronomers have detected more than 2000 exoplanets, the first of these detections were gas giants as massive as Jupiter that are so close to the host that they are heated to high temperature in order of 2,000°C; but now, for the first time, astronomers are getting down to the regime of potentially habitable Earth-like worlds.
Yesterday, Dr. Tabetha Boyajian and Professor Jason Wright have participated in a Reddit AMA (ask me anything) to answer any and all questions regarding the “most controversial star in our Galaxy” KIC 8462852.
On April 18, 2013, NASA’ astronomers announced the discovery of a new planetary system composed of five worlds orbiting a star somewhat cooler and smaller than the Sun, approximately 1,200 light-years away from us in the constellation Lyra.
In a relatively distant place, approximately 1,480 light years away from Earth, sits one of the most controversial objects in our galaxy, KIC 8462852, as its dubbed, clearly becomes the primary subject of much ongoing research.
Telescopes here on Earth have detected signals that might help us solve an ongoing mystery, in a discovery that has astronomers very excited, but also puzzled.
NASA has just released unearthed recordings of the moment that the Apollo 10 astronauts Eugene Cernan and John Young heard mysterious sounds while flying around the far side of the moon 47 years ago (May 1969).
The universe is a big, big place. According to astronomers, there are 100 billion to 200 billion galaxies in the universe. Each galaxy is filled with stars. Our galaxy, the Milky Way, contains up to 400 billion stars of various sizes and brightness. So, if you ask yourself how many stars are there in the Universe? The answer is mind-boggling.
KIC 8462852, aka Tabby’s star located 1,480 light years away from us, has puzzled astronomers with its erratic dimming, a dimming pattern never seen before — more than 20% of its light was being blocked out by something!
Earlier this month, a mysterious star — known as Tabby’s Star or KIC 8462852 — with a strange dimming light made the news for its unexplained and bizarre behavior. Many on the Internet blamed an alien megastructure on KIC 8462852 for the dimming of 20% and more. Sure, This star is strange. But aliens?
The star dubbed KIC 8462852, slightly bigger than the Sun, located more than 1400 light years away from us in the constellation Cygnus, drew a lot of attention last October, when astronomers analyzed the light it emits and found unusual dimming pattern — 20% and more — an odd phenomenon that could be caused by alien megastructures in orbit there.
The search for extraterrestrial civilizations goes through ups and downs in recent weeks. While early September, a study claimed that no sign of advanced alien civilizations was observed in the nearby universe, here, today’ observations conducted on a distant star generate some questions.
Deep in an archive in Columbus, Ohio, there’s a slip of paper with a bunch of random-looking letters and numbers printed on it. A few of the characters are circled, and one word is handwritten in red ink: “WOW”.