Aliens are a myth – this is what every sound adult thinks, after leaving behind childhood fantasies of big-headed green little men. Scientists come with a stunning discovery, which makes us all wonder if we were right as children. After all, are aliens here?
Researchers have been studying a star, identified as KIC 8462852, which has been presenting strange features, such as being less bright that it used to. The unexpected behavior of the star has been there for over a century.
Although even scientists find it hard to believe, for now, there is only one option standing as a reason behind the fading light of star KIC 8462852: extraterrestrials forms of life affecting it.
Ben Montet is an astronomer, and also one of the authors of the study on the strange phenomenon happening on KIC 8462852. He gives his opinion on the matter:
“We spent a long time trying to convince ourselves this wasn’t real. We just weren’t able to. None of the considered phenomena can alone explain the observations.”
Experts have been considering other explanations as well, such as several comets performing their activity around the star, orbiting it. However, some elements don’t fit this theory, which prevents it from holding valid: the comets couldn’t have been orbiting the star for almost one hundred years so that the trail of dust and debris they leave behind to cover KIC 8462852 into some sort of a cloud.
The Libertarian Republic offers more details on how facts should have been in order for the more naturalistic explanation to be valid:
“Astronomers estimate that the dimming would require roughly 648,000 giant comets of 200 kilometers in diameter all aligned to pass in front of the star. The chances of such a formation render it essentially impossible, and there is currently no remotely plausible single scientific explanation for what is going on with KIC 8462852.”
Scientists are surprised and don’t know whether this is good or bad news. Perhaps it is good news indeed for the science fiction lovers and for science lovers only, as well. It may be proof that extraordinary, extraterrestrial beings are as real as people living on Earth. If this turns out to be true the existence of aliens will most definitely become one of the greatest scientific discoveries of all times.
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