The NASA Kepler telescope’s mission is to scan out the universe for planets, stars, and every other phenomenon occurring out there. So far, it has discovered countless exoplanets, extraordinary stars, nebulas, galaxies, and black holes.
While this is all very fascinating, its most shocking discovery yet is what the scientific community is completely puzzled about – a signal from what they now suppose is an artificial megastructure orbiting a star distant 1,500 light years from us.
What makes the scientific community think that this might be an artificial structure, is the way it behaves around the star. The peculiar thing about this star is that it is surrounded by a mess of objects.
This is what one can usually observe in a young star surrounded by dust. The thing that puzzled the scientists was that this wasn’t a young star and whatever was rotating around it was stopping a considerable amount of light from escaping.
Far from an instrument error, the readings on this star were checked several times to see if what the Kepler telescope was showing was indeed what was really going on around the star.
Jason Wright, an astronomer at Penn State University hypothesizes that this may indeed be something an alien civilization could have built. In his theory, the behavior of the objects correlates to what could be a “swarm of megastructures,” built to collect solar power.
“Aliens should always be the very last hypothesis you consider, but this looked like something you would expect an alien civilization to build.”
If this is an alien megastructure, then according to the Kardashev scale, it could mean that what the Kepler telescope gazed upon was a Dyson swarm. This technology is theorized to be able to collect most of a star’s solar energy output.
The Dyson swarm is theorized to be a technological feat of a type II civilization. This type of civilization would be able to harness an enormous amount of energy from nearby stars by creating advanced technology.
If this is the case with the most curious star in our visible universe, then it means that a type II civilization is only 1,500 light years away from us.