Saturday, October 17, 2015

KIC 8462852


Something mysterious this way comes, in this instance, a star residing 1500 light years from earth, invisible to the naked eye but not to Kepler, the exoplanet explorer extraordinaire.





It gets better.






Obviously far more research needs to be done to determine if this finding turns out to be actually true but in one sense, it reminds one of Larry Niven's SF classic Ringworld, a tale about how an advanced civilization could build tech able to harvest energy from a star at truly grand scale, something along the lines of what Kepler may have discovered.



Another possibility could be the construction of a Dyson Sphere, a concept first articulated by famed SF writer Olaf Stapleton  in Star Maker and popularized by Freeman Dyson.



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