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(Mashable)   I'm not saying that mass of dust that's located more than 1,000 light-years from Earth known as Tabby's star is not an "alien megastructure"...but it's not an "alien megastructure"   ( mashable.com) divider line
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2017-10-05 10:14:44 AM  
Maybe aliens build useful things that resemble dust clouds... and your puny, soft, weak human brains are simply incapable of understanding this.
 
2017-10-05 11:51:14 AM  
So infrared is able to pass through, but ultraviolet is blocked. That kind of sounds like some glass windows here on Earth...
 
2017-10-05 01:25:17 PM  
were you there subtard?
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2017-10-05 02:15:47 PM  

Destructor: Maybe aliens build useful things that resemble dust clouds... and your puny, soft, weak human brains are simply incapable of understanding this.


Or they're just messy housekeepers. Doesn't mean that's not a house.
 
2017-10-05 02:16:21 PM  
Does that just test the "dust cloud" theory against the "aliens" theory or does it evaluate any of the other competing hypotheses?
 
2017-10-05 02:31:21 PM  

Arkanaut: Does that just test the "dust cloud" theory against the "aliens" theory or does it evaluate any of the other competing hypotheses?


It brings back up one of the first theories to be raised and rejected.
 
2017-10-05 02:36:15 PM  
This star rose to prominence a couple years ago when scientists speculated that the dimming, which hadn't been seen in a star before, could be due to a megastructure built around the object by some advanced alien civilization.

And that's just fine. It's a speculation. Part of science is discovering something new, coming up with possible explanations, and then trying to figure out which are correct. Nothing wrong with that.

This explanation of the star's seemingly odd behavior was offered up alongside other more natural ideas, but of course, the alien megastructure became the story to cling to.

And THERE is your problem. Everyone else just gobbles up the one they like the best. It's neat to say "scientists think that one of the possible explanations is: ________", but you need to make sure people understand that's only ONE possibility, it's not even close to proven.
 
2017-10-05 02:49:47 PM  
Psh.  Prove it's not an alien megastructures.  I'll wait.
 
2017-10-05 02:51:50 PM  

Etchy333: So infrared is able to pass through, but ultraviolet is blocked. That kind of sounds like some glass windows here on Earth...


If your trying to capture light for energy usage you would capture it across the entire spectrum. If you had a cloud of dust, certain wavelengths like infrared would pass through it easily (think of how infrared tends to pass through walls) while other wavelengths wouldn't.
 
2017-10-05 02:52:26 PM  
Life is a hypothesis of last resort. You invoke it only when there's no other way to explain what you see."
-Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot.

It's never aliens.

Until it's aliens.
 
2017-10-05 04:28:28 PM  
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2017-10-05 08:20:27 PM  
?????
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2017-10-06 12:14:59 AM  
Tabby's Star?
Kitty litter.
 
2017-10-06 01:49:35 AM  
The remains of an alien civilization post civil war after several quarkatron doomsday device anihilated its planets.
 
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