What is orbiting KIC 8462852?

KIC 8462852Astronomers are looking at the star KIC 8462852 after it was brought to their attention when people at PlanetHunters were labeling it “bizarre” and “curious”. The data comes from the Kepler space observatory that was studying the area for about four years. Kepler is no longer fully operational but there still a lot of data collected to go through. One likely explanation for the unusual readings could be massive clouds of comets orbiting this star. Another explanation could be megastructures built by an alien civilization. This star, also known as TYC 3162-665-1, is found 1481 light years away in the Cygnus constellation.

The Atlantic: The most mysterious star

New Scientist: Cloud of comets orbiting distant star

Popular Science: Megastructures built by aliens?

Independent: Astronomers may have found alien megastructures

Tabetha Boyajian @ ArXiv: KIC 8462852 – Where is the flux?

Jason Wright’s blog: AstroWright

Phil Plait @ Slate: Did Astronomers Find Evidence of an Alien Civilization?

PlanetHunters

Kepler

Berkeley SETI Research Center

Green Bank Telescope

Reddit: SETI researchers set to examine KIC 8462852

Wikipedia: KIC 8462852 | Kepler | PlanetHunters | Green Bank TelescopeDyson sphere

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The lost world of Doggerland

I just can’t get enough of this lost world. Humans, Neanderthals, Mammoths. A stone age Atlantis. All gone.

Daily Mail: Who lived on Britain’s Atlantis?

National Geographic: Doggerland – The Europe that was

Q-mag: Doggerland Lost

Spiegel Online: Pictures from the 3D reconstruction of Doggerland

Study: Mapping Doggerland

Wikipedia: Doggerland | Storegga Slide

Back to the Future Documentary

There is a new Back to the Future documentary coming. Release date is October 21, 2015. If the date is not familiar, it’s the date Marty McFly visits in the second movie. They don’t seem to mention that alternative past that didn’t happen; Eric Stoltz as Marty McFly. Or did it? Looking forward to see this.

Back In Time Documentary

Space.com: Back to the Future Documentary

IMDb: Back in Time | Jason Aron

The Voyager Golden Records

The Voyager spacecrafts carried a Golden record with sounds and pictures from Earth. You can listen to the sounds here:

BBC: To the Makers of Music – All Worlds, All Times

NASA @ Soundcloud

NASA / JPL: The Golden Record

Wikipedia: Voyager Golden Record | Contents of the Golden Record | Pioneer Plaque | Carl Sagan